Peter Rachleff on the history and significance of Labor Day on the Union Yes Iowa podcast; anthropologist Paul Shackel remembers the 1897 Lattimer Massacre; from the Library of Congress’s brand-new America Works podcast, Greg Vaught, the singing gold mine worker from Elko, Nevada.
Plus, Pete Seeger remembers textile mill striker Ella Mae Wiggins, and on Labor History in 2: The Making of a National Treasure.
Last week’s show: We Do The Work; Working History.
Some 5,000 female cotton workers in and around Pittsburgh, Pa. strike for a 10-hour day. The next day, male trade unionists become the first male auxiliary when they gather to protect the women from police attacks. The strike ultimately failed - 1845
President Kennedy signs off on a $900 million public-works bill for projects in economically depressed areas - 1962
More than 350,000 members of the United Auto Workers begin what is to become a 69-day strike against General Motors - 1970
International Association of Siderographers merges with International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1992
- David Prosten