Labor History in 2:00

May 21 - Truman Seizes the Coal Mines

May 21, 2020

Today in Labor History, May 21, the year was 1946.  That was the day that Democratic President Harry Truman ordered government seizure of the nation’s bituminous coal mines.  800,000 United Mine Workers of America, led by John L. Lewis, had gone out on strike.  

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