Description: Selvin's parents immigrated from Russia to Tooele, Utah in 1909, drawn by family ties to the Jewish agricultural community which had settled in the central part of that state. Selvin's father maintained a store in predominately Mormon township of Tooele and also served as a senator in the Utah state legislature. David moved to California to attend college, receiving his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Master's in Labor Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. An observer of the 1934 Pacific Coast longshore and general strikes, David authored a definitive history of those events, A Terrible Anger in addition to many other works on labor history. A career as a labor journalist, author and public relations consultant spanned decades and brought Selvin in contact with many key figures in the West Coast labor movement. The oral history also includes a discussion of his World War II service and work on the Berkeley Interracial Committee and the California Federation for Civic Unity.
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