Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1790, powered by children seven to 12 years old working dawn to dusk, Samuel Slater’s thread-spinning factory went into production in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, launching the Industrial Revolution in America. By 1830, 55 percent of the mill workers in the state were youngsters, many working for less than $1 per week.
In 1921, the Supreme Court ruled that picketing is unconstitutional. Chief Justice -- and former president -- William Howard Taft declared that picketing was, in part, "an unlawful annoyance and hurtful nuisance..."
Today’s labor quote is by Mother Jones
“Little girls and boys, barefooted, walked up and down between the endless rows of spindles, reaching thin little hands into the machinery to repair snapped threads.” Mother Jones, who also said, “And who is responsible for this appalling child slavery? Everyone.”