Weekend Video: For Twenty Cents a Day

A documentary film from the late 1970s documenting work shortages during the Depression of the 1930s and the attempts to deal with the unemployed. The film discusses the establishment of relief camps and projects, where men were paid twenty cents per day. It covers the founding of organizations such as the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the Communist Party’s Workers’ Unity League, and and the Relief Camp Workers’ Union. General unionization and protest of the unemployed, including the On To Ottawa Trek, Regina Riot, sit-in strike from May to June 1938 at the Vancouver Main Post Office, Vancouver Art Gallery and Hotel Georgia, and the resulting Bloody Sunday of June 19 are also featured.

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