PATRIOTISM AND POLITICS
IN WORLD WAR II
Regardless of what reactionary legislation is passed ... this war ... still remains a just, progressive war against Fascism.
— Nat Ganley (UAW Communist), 1943
This is a war against ... all brands of fascists, foreign and domestic.
— Victor Reuther, 1943
Early in 1942 a new ballad, "UAW-CIO," offered thousands of autoworkers a rousing salute to their patriotism and their production effort. Baldwin "Butch" Hawes of the Almanac Singers composed the urban folk song, and with Woody Guthrie on banjo and Pete Seeger on guitar, the piece perfectly captured a left-progressive vision of unionized workers in the antifascist struggle.
I was there when the Union came to town,
I was there when old Henry Ford went down:
I was standing at Gate Four
When I heard the people roar:
"Ain't nobody keeps us Autoworkers down!"
It's that UAW-CIO
Makes the Army roll and go—Turning out the jeeps and tanks and airplanes