Historians Eileen Boris and Jill Jensen on the complicated legacy of the International Labour Organization, ranging from its early challenge to the Bolshevik revolution to its role in the Cold War and as a countervailing force to the World Bank's model for international development. Plus, remembering Adolph Strasser, co-founder of the AFL.
Last week's show: (12/22): Working-Class Christmas
The ship Thetis arrives in Hawaii with 175 Chinese field workers bound to serve for five years at $3 per month - 1852
In a familiar scene during the Great Depression, some 500 farmers, black and white, their crops ruined by a long drought, march into downtown England, Ark., to demand food for their starving families, warning they would take it by force if necessary. Town fathers frantically contacted the Red Cross; each family went home with two weeks’ rations - 1931
AFL-CIO American Institute for Free Labor Development employees Mike Hammer and Mark Pearlman (photo) are assassinated in El Salvador along with a Peasant Workers’ Union leader with whom they were working on a land reform program - 1981
- David Prosten