national security archive. cold war. emergency capabilities of nuclear weapons.

From U.S. Strate­gic Nuclear Pol­icy: A Video His­tory, 1945 – 2004
San­dia Labs His­tor­i­cal Video Doc­u­ments His­tory of U.S. Strate­gic Nuclear Pol­icy

Inter­vie­wees Include Robert McNa­mara, Brent Scow­croft, James Schlesinger and Last Strate­gic Air Commander-​in-​Chief Lee Butler

Includes Rev­e­la­tions on “Out of Con­trol” Nuclear Tar­get­ing Dur­ing the 1980s

National Secu­rity Archive Elec­tronic Brief­ing Book No. 361

Posted — Octo­ber 112011

distant voices, vibrating electrons. the dignity of labor.

Dis­tant Voices, Vibrat­ing Elec­trons
when yelling in per­son just isn’t enough

The Dig­nity of Labor

On July 23, 1788, a parade was held in New York to honor the new con­sti­tu­tion. 76 dis­tinct groups of men (I assume they were all men, as women were not typ­i­cally rec­og­nized in orga­nized trades, regard­less of whether or not they worked in them) were given their order of march. By my count 62 of the groups were skilled labor­ers of some type, and no I’m not count­ing “Civil Engi­neers” as labor­ers. Prob­a­bly some of the men were mem­bers of the Gen­eral Soci­ety of Mechan­ics and Trades­men, which was founded in 1785 and which admit­ted me as a mem­ber in 2000.