Working-class heroes organize Pecket Well College in England; Fannie Lou Hamer’s Freedom Farms Cooperative (photo) in the Mississippi Delta. Plus this week’s labor history highlights!
Last week's show: (12/1): Making the Woman Worker
A small group of black farmers organize the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Cooperative Union in Houston County, Texas. They had been barred from membership in the all-white Southern Farmers’ Alliance. Through intensive organizing, along with merging with another black farmers group, the renamed Colored Alliance by 1891 claimed a membership of 1.2 million - 1886
Ten days after an Illinois State mine inspector approved coal dust removal techniques at New Orient mine in West Frankfort, the mine exploded, largely because of coal dust accumulations, killing 119 workers - 1951
- David Prosten