Tag Archives: Unions

Hosea Hudson

Hosea Hudson (1898-1988) was an African-American labor leader, industrial union organizer, activist and a member of the Communist Party of the United States. His early adult years were spent working as a sharecropper in Georgia and eventually as an iron molder in Alabama. He spent a few months in New York studying at a Communist Party training school where he learned to read in write. Hudson remained in the party up until his death in 1988.

This interview was conducted on November 15th & 16th, 1986.

Charles Echols and Mack Robinson

Charles Echols was a writer, radical minister and a member of the Communist Party. He was active in the Inter-Racial Forum, the Unemployment Association and the Non-Partisan League, among other organizations.

Marge Frantz

Marge Frantz (1922-2015) was a teacher, feminist and activist. Her father, Joe Gelder, joined the Communist Party during the Great Depression as a way to organize for labor rights in the South. She became a member of the Young Communist League when she was 13 years old. She married Laurent Frantz in 1941, who was a lawyer and a member of the Communist Party. She later went on to meet her life partner, Eleanor Engstrand, during her work for UC Berkeley’s Institute of Industrial Relations. She left the CP in 1956, but was an active member up until that point.

This interview was conducted on February 6th, 1987.