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How have politics shaped Seattle's history?
Left Coast City: The history of a political reputation

James Gregory, professor of history and former Harry Bridges Endowed Chair of Labor Studies, looks at Seattle's left-leaning reputation. Based on events ranging from the Seattle General Strike of 1919 to the $15 minimum wage campaign, Seattle is often seen as exemplifying America's "left coast." Gregory will examine the reality behind this image, looking at the city's long history of labor action and progressive activism, as well as the conservative responses and political conflicts they prompted.


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