Twice in the 20th century, the Michigan Supreme Court heard cases involving red flags. One man was at the center of both cases.
Fahle Burman was an American of Scandinavian descent living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He was a socialist and activist supportive of labor unions and learned the hard way about the importance people assign to flags, in this case, red flags.
John Beck is an Associate Professor in MSU’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations and is a student of labor history.