Today's Labor History
“You Can't Eat Coal: Women's Social Justice Activism in Appalachia”; on this week's Labor History Today podcast, Working History podcast host Beth English interviews Jessica Wilkerson, Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, on her book, "To Live Here You Have to Fight," and the recent history of feminist social justice activism in Appalachia.
Bisbee, Ariz., deports Wobblies; 1,186 miners sent into desert in manure-laden boxcars. They had been fighting for improved safety and working conditions - 1917
The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star (Frankenstein’s Monster) and union activist Boris Karloff - 1933
Southern Tenant Farmers' Union (photo) organized in Tyronza, Ark. - 1934
Detroit newspaper workers begin 19-month strike against Gannett, Knight-Ridder. The strike was to become a lockout, which lasted four years more - 1995
The Great Uprising nationwide railway strike begins in Martinsburg, W.Va., after railroad workers are hit with their second pay cut in a year. In the following days, strike riots spread through 17 states. The next week, federal troops were called out to force an end to the strike - 1877
Italian immigrants and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are convicted in Massachusetts of murder and payroll robbery—unfairly, most historians agree—after a 2-month trial, and are eventually executed. Fifty years after their deaths the state's governor issued a proclamation saying they had been treated unfairly and that "any disgrace should be forever removed from their names." - 1921
Labor history courtesy Union Communication Services
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