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Letter to the Nation shows conditions

A letter in the September 20, 1933, issue of The Nation gives a poignant picture of Hollywood conditions:

“The next morning the men crowded outside the studio gates.  Just about a hundred men, in most cases the highly skilled ones who could not be replaced, were taken back.  The rest, close to four thousand, were politely told that the jobs were filled - by union scabs.  But in the future, should there be any openings, they would be hired “without prejudice,” providing they joined the strikebreaking unions. The strike overnight became a lockout.  The men are helpless. . .

“So the New Deal has come to Hollywood in the form of unemployment to men who have loyally worked in the studios for many years.  The men are bitter.  Some pace the streets in a daze.  Rumblings are heard about murder, beatings, and sabotage. . .  In the meantime, one of the strongest unions in the country is broken in body and spirit; the men are locked out as a result of the treachery of a handful of cameramen, the knavery of two unions. . .  and the great power and influence of the NRA.”