12 August 2011 | MartinHafer
In light of his strong political and social leanings that Paul Robeson would narrate a strongly pro-union sort of movie. What's interesting about it is that the film links the union spirit with the same forces that fought tyranny and founded America. Much of the film consists of little vignettes that illustrate the importance of unions and the rights of workers.
Unfortunately, while the film probably played pretty well back in its time (as violence against unions was more common), today it seems pretty dull and preachy. Part of it is the style and part of it is that today many of the abuses of workers in the film are not as relevant (such as safety of workers or attacks on union members for exercising their rights to free speech). And, I must point out that similar ideas were presented much better in other films, such as the union-produced "Salt of the Earth". In many ways, this is a film that historians would love but the average worker would not because of its style and subject matter. It tends to drag and probably could have made its point had the film been made in a less documentary and detached style.