Today's Labor History
Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week's show: heroic martyr and visionary or madman and terrorist? Leon Fink on abolitionist John Brown. Art historian Alexander Nemerov on why Lewis Hine’s powerful photographs of young children at work still speak to us today. Plus fascinating finds illuminating "Labor’s Magna Carta" (see below) in the Meany Labor Archives and four different versions of "John Brown's Body."
Pres. Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act – often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta" – establishing that unions are not "conspiracies" under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law - 1914
Compiled/edited by Union Communication Services. photo: "Adolescent Girl, a Spinner, in a Carolina Cotton Mill (1908)" by Lewis Hine
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