In today’s labor history, on this date in 1712, the first slave revolt in the United States occurred at a slave market in New York City’s Wall Street area. Twenty-one blacks were executed for killing nine whites. The city responded by strengthening its slave codes.
Today’s labor quote is by Rose Schneiderman, born on this date in 1882. Rose was a prominent member of the New York Women's Trade Union League, and an active participant in the Uprising of the 20,000, the massive strike of shirtwaist workers in New York City led by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in 1909. Here’s what she said in angry speech about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire:
“Every week I must learn of the untimely death of one of my sister workers…Too much blood has been spilled. I know from my experience it is up to the working people to save themselves. The only way they can save themselves is by a strong working-class movement”
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