“Confrontation between a policeman wielding a night stick and a striker during the San Francisco General Strike”

By an unknown photographer, 1934

On May 9, 1934, longshoremen along the Pacific Coast struck demanding higher wages, union recognition, and greater control of hiring. Other maritime workers soon joined them. The strike lasted 83 days and climaxed on “Bloody Thursday,” July 5, when 2 strikers died and hundreds were injured as workers battled police along the San Francisco waterfront. In response, over 100,000 San Francisco area workers walked off their jobs in a general strike that lasted 4 days.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency (306-NT-94692)