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Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and socialist, sentenced to 10 years for opposing World War I. While in jail Debs received 1 million votes for president - 1918
Jobless workers march on grocery stores and seize food in Toledo, Ohio - 1932
photo of unemployed workers during the Great Depression courtesy libcomm.org
United Rubber Workers formed in Akron, Ohio - 1935
Forty-nine people are killed, 200 injured in explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, New Jersey - 1940
New York City’s Union Square, the site of the first Labor Day in 1882, is officially named a national historic landmark. The square has long been a focal point for working class protest and political expression - 1998
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