This week’s Labor History Today: Organizing through the Divide
Author and historian Peter Rachleff and longtime labor educator and organizer Bill Fletcher Jr. explore labor’s connections to Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue. PLus: A union-made Halloween.
Contributors: Race Capitol podcast; Labor History in 2.
Last week’s show: O Canada, organize!
150 arrested in IWW free speech fight, Spokane, Wash. - 1909
Railroad union leader & socialist Eugene V. Debs receives a million votes for President while imprisoned - 1920
President Reagan signs a bill designating a federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., to be observed on the third Monday of January - 1983
Carmen Fasanella retired after 68 years and 243 days of taxicab service in Princeton, NJ, earning himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. He started driving at age 17 and, reportedly, chauffeured Princeton Prof. Albert Einstein around town - 1989
- David Prosten