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Salt of the Earth: Watch or Listen

In 1951, women in New Mexico took over a labor strike demanding equal treatment for Hispanic workers both in pay and living conditions. Salt of the Earth is based on their struggle and is one of the first films to explore equal rights for women.

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Salt Of The Earth

Posted on the Internet Archive by Pendleton Film.
Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.


Movies For the Blind 293 - Salt of the Earth part 1

“While a group of Mexican-American miners goes on strike for equality with their white counterparts, their wives struggle for some equality of their own. 1954. Part 1 of 3.” moviesfortheblind.com

Movies for the Blind 294 – Salt of the Earth, part 2

“When the striking miners face physical and legal pressure, their wives force their hand about doing more than serving coffee and food. Part 2 of 3.

Movies for the Blind 295 – Salt of the Earth, part 3

“As Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas) gains confidence among the sisters of the union, Ramon (Juan Chacon) and some of the brothers lose theirs – a weakness the bosses can exploit. Part 3 of 3”


A Crime To Fit The Punishment  (no closed captioning)

Discusses the pro-union motion picture, Salt of the earth, made by film industry personnel blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Presents interviews with Paul Jarrico, producer of the 1954 film, and with others associated with the film and the labor problem it explored.