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July 21 - The More Things Change…

July 21 - The More Things Change…

July 21, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1931.  And Chicago public school teachers went home without a paycheck. The school system was broke.  Property owners out of work due to the Great Depression could not pay their property taxes, which were used to fund the public schools. 

July 20 - No Newspaper Today

July 20 - No Newspaper Today

July 20, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1899.  That was the day New York City newsboys went on strike.  A newspaper article noted:  “The Newsboys’ Union has decided to tie up the World and the Journal.They have struck for better rates on the evening editions of these papers, and their demands have been refused. 

July 19 - Fighting for Women’s Rights

July 19 - Fighting for Women’s Rights

July 19, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1848. That was the day the convention on woman’s rights began in Seneca Falls, New York.  The organizers of this convention brought together some of the leading woman’s activists of the day, such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.  

July 18 - Sentenced to Death

July 18 - Sentenced to Death

July 18, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1914.  That was the day IWW songwriter, Joe Hill, was sentenced to be executed in Utah. 

He was convicted of murder although the charges were likely trumped up.  Hill grew up in Sweden.  

July 17 - Port Chicago Disaster

July 17 - Port Chicago Disaster

July 17, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1944.  A crew of mostly black soldiers were loading munitions onto ships at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in California, northeast of Oakland.  320 soldiers were killed by a munitions explosion that wounded another 390 people.

July 16 - Death in the Mine Field

July 16 - Death in the Mine Field

July 15, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1894. Striking coal miners in Alabama killed a number of black miners. Both white and black miners were attempting to organize the southern bituminous coal fields during the 1890s. 

July 15 - The Execution of John Ball

July 15 - The Execution of John Ball

July 15, 2019

On this day in Labor History and we are going all the way back to the year of 1381. That was the day John Ball, the leader of the Peasants’ Revolt in England was executed.  Due to the plague, the Black Death, in 1348, many peasants had died.

 

July 14 - The Great Uprising

July 14 - The Great Uprising

July 14, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1877. That was the day that what would come to be known as the “Great Upheaval” or “Great Uprising” began in Martinsburg, West Virginia.  Railroad workers were angry.  They had seen their wages cut twice in six months by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.  

July 13 - Founding of the Niagara Movement

July 13 - Founding of the Niagara Movement

July 13, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1905. That was the day that revolutionary black scholar W.E.B. DuBois helped found the Niagara Movement.  It was named for the “mighty current” of change the group hoped to bring about.  The initial organizing meeting was held near Niagara Falls, New York. 

 

July 12 - The Bisbee Deportation

July 12 - The Bisbee Deportation

July 12, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1917. That was the day that miners in Bisbee, Arizona were rounded up, taken by train and left in the desert on the New Mexico/Arizona border.