Fred Wright was an American labor cartoonist and activist. From 1939 until his death in 1984, Wright created thousands of cartoons reflecting the politics and labor issues of the day, which were featured in newspapers, union publications, and overseas union activism.
He was employed by the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) for nearly thirty-five years and was the only cartoonist at that time to be employed by a specific union. As the UE staff cartoonist, Wright illustrated their newspaper, the UE News, as well as various other union publications.
This Web site focuses specifically on the series of 177 "Labor History" cartoons created by Wright. This series was featured in the UE News from 1956-1961 and again in the 1970s. The Labor History series is part of the Fred Wright Papers, 1953-1986 (UE 13), which belongs to the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) collection held by the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh.