Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week's show: Saul Schniderman remembers the 1913 strike by Paterson silk workers, which included the arrest of the “Rebel Girl” herself, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Ben Blake’s labor history Object of the Week is a tiny baby shoe from one of the fathers of the American labor movement. And Leon Finkgives us the long view on the Change to Win federation, founded 13 years ago this week. Plus a few versions of Joe Hill’s classic “Rebel Girl.”
Union City Radio's Chris Garlock hosts; interview by Patrick Dixon.
Anarchist Alexander Berkman shoots and stabs but fails to kill steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in an effort to avenge the Homestead massacre 18 days earlier, in which nine strikers were killed. Berkman also tried to use what was, in effect, a suicide bomb, but it didn't detonate - 1892
Northern Michigan copper miners strike (above right) for union recognition, higher wages and eight-hour day. By the time they threw in the towel the following April, 1,100 had been arrested on various charges and Western Federation of Miners President Charles Moyer had been shot, beaten and forced out of town - 1913
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