Address to Labor: Who Built This Land? No. 1, 1971
Paul Robeson delivered this speech to the National Labor Conference for Negro Rights in 1950.
. . . Who have been the guarantors of our historic democratic tradition of freedom and equality? Whose labor and whose life has produced the great cities, the industrial machine, the basic culture and the creature comforts of which our "Voice of America" spokesmen so proudly boast?
It is well to remember that the America which we know has risen out of the toil of the many millions who have come here seeking freedom from all parts of the world:
The Irish and Scotch indentured servants who cleared the forests, built the colonial homesteads and were part of the productive backbone of our early days.
The millions of German immigrants of the mid-nineteenth century; the millions more from Eastern Europe whose sweat and sac-