“You Can't Eat Coal: Women's Social Justice Activism in Appalachia”; on this week's Labor History Today podcast, Working History podcast host Beth English interviews Jessica Wilkerson, Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, on her book, "To Live Here You Have to Fight," and the recent history of feminist social justice activism in Appalachia.
First anthracite coal strike in U.S. - 1842
The Pacific Mail Steamship Co. fires all employees who had been working an eight hour day, then joins with other owners to form the "Ten-Hour League Society" for the purpose of uniting all mechanics "willing to work at the old rates, neither unjust to the laborers nor ruinous to the capital and enterprise of the city and state." The effort failed - 1867
Founding convention of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W., or Wobblies) concludes in Chicago. Charles O. Sherman, a former American Federation of Labor organizer, is elected president - 1905
Labor history courtesy Union Communication Services