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Which side are you on?

Labour history from the Kentucky coal mines to the Halifax transit strike, through one song.


Another reporter recently privately criticized me for, in an opinion piece on the transit strike, using the phrase "Whose side are you on?"

I shrugged it off at the time---reporters have opinions, too, and I figured my colleague wasn't aware of my reference to the labour song, "Which side are you on?" But yesterday my American friend Michelle was musing about the song, which prompted me to follow up. If nothing else, running through the history of the song is fun; maybe it also sheds some light on our poor knowledge of labour history.

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