Riots and strikes on streets in United States protesting low profits to farmers in the United States during the great depression. A long line of coal cars comes out of a mine with armed soldiers riding the cars. Strikebreakers enter the mine as federal soldiers stand guard. Women parade through streets. They carry signs. The signs read 'The Big Three call us Reds because we fight for bread', Opening scenes show coal being moved out of a mine in Harlan County, Kentucky. Armed Kentucky National Guard soldiers climb aboard and ride on each open car of coal. Miners who cross the picket lines to work (aka strike-breakers, or SCABS) enter the mine under National Guard protection. One miner carries a pistol, along with his lunch box. Change of scene to a street, probably in Detroit, Michingan, where several women carry signs denigrating the "Big Three" (automobile manufacturers). One sign reads: "The Big 3 call us RED Because we fight for Bread." The final sequence shows a group of men attacking a farmer's truck carrying milk cans. The attackers force the truck to the side of a country road and empty all the milk cans. A plank, filled with upwards pointing spikes, has been placed on the road to stop trucks. In a town street, A vigilante knocks a man from a vegetable truck, as it passes him. A gang of men attacking the vegetable truck are resisted by club wielding vigilantes.
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