Casey Jones

Performed by Pete Seeger

SeegerPete Seeger, who died in 2014 at the age of 94, was the grand old man of labor and folk music. His career dated back more than half a century, to his time in the Almanac Singers and the Weavers, when he sang alongside Woody Guthrie and other greats. Branded a Communist in the 1950s for his political views, support of unions and civil rights work, and blacklisted by major recording labels, he hung in there and carried on the good fight for what he thought right. He probably put in more miles on labor picket lines than anyone can count.

—Many of the songs selected for this feature are available from the Labor Heritage Foundation.