Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1931, in a familiar scene during the Great Depression, some 500 farmers, black and white, their crops ruined by a long drought, marched into downtown England, Arkansas, 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.
Today’s labor quote is by Horace Greeley, who said:
“I cannot forget that the laboring class, so-called, must, like any other, stand up for its rights, or be content to see them trampled underfoot; and that the strength given it by organization, superintended upon numbers, is its only effectual defense against the else unchecked tyranny of capital, greedy for profit and reckless of others’ rights. The power developed by combination may be abused, like any other power; but labor is helpless and a prey without it.”
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