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The Union Boys (also "Josh White and the Union Boys") was an American folk music group, formed impromptu in 1944, to record several songs on an album called Songs for Victory: Music for Political Action. Its "all-star leftist" members were Josh White, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Tom Glazer (and Woody Guthrie by contributing a song).

Pete Seeger entertaining Eleanor Roosevelt (center), honored guest at a racially integrated Valentine's Day party marking the opening of a Canteen of the United Federal Labor, CIO, in then-segregated Washington, D.C., 1944.
Songs of Victory fits with the Almanac Singers' album Dear Mr. President.

In 1942, Army intelligence and the FBI determined that the Almanacs and their former anti-draft message were still a seditious threat to recruitment and the morale of the war effort among blacks and youth. and they were hounded by hostile reviews, exposure of their Communist ties and negative coverage in the New York press, like the headline "Commie Singers try to Infiltrate Radio." They disbanded in late 1942 or early 1943.

Recording session
On March 11, 1944, Alan Lomax assembled the group for an impromptu recording at the Asch Recording Studio in New York City.

The album represents a change from the anti-war, anti-racism, and pro-union philosophies of most of its members but a continuation of their anti-Nazi, anti-Fascist philosophies in the form for support for the USA and the Allies (which included the USSR).

The Union Boys turned out to be a one-time, one session "group": Moses Asch gave them the name.

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