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Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, an Irish-born dressmaker and teacher who became a tireless fighter on behalf of mill-working children, coal miners and other struggling workers, died on this date in 1930.
She became known as “the most dangerous woman in America”, a phrase coined by a West Virginia district attorney, Reese Blizzard, in 1902, at her [...]
On this date in 1937 the pro-labor musical revue “Pins and Needles,” featuring working members of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, opened in New York.
The union sponsored an inexpensive revue with ILGWU workers as the cast and two pianos. Because of their factory jobs, participants could rehearse only at night and on weekends, and [...]
According to Today in Labor History, November 23 may or may not be the anniversary of the first recorded (on papyrus) labor strike, by Egyptians working on public works projects for King Ramses III in the Valley of the Kings:
They were protesting having gone 20 days without pay—portions of grain—and put down their tools. Exact [...]
According to The New Republic, about 5,000 of these handbills were distributed around Dallas at the time of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to the city on November 22, 1963.
Any resemblance to the far (and sometimes not so far) Right’s attitude toward a current American president is, of course, not coincidental at all.
Dallas was at [...]
A reminder that using “anti-Zionism” as a cover for antisemitism, and identifying Israel as an agent of western “imperialism,” have a long and not-so-noble history.
On November 20, 1952, the trial of Rudolf Slansky, former general secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, and 13 colleagues got under way in Prague. The Moscow-directed purge of the [...]
On its 150th anniversary, my sister sent this mashup of the greatest speech ever delivered by an American.
Even in this form, the powerful simplicity and truth of the words come through.
The final sentence of the Gettysburg Address is usually recited with the emphasis as follows: “…government OF the people, BY the people, FOR the people…” [...]
On the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht– the brutal and murderous Nazi pogrom against the German Jews, their homes, their synagogues and their businesses– Der Spiegel reports on how foreign diplomats in Germany described the awful events at the time.
Despite the often-truncated form of the reports and the detached language of the diplomats, these are impressive [...]
Guest post by Sackcloth and Ashes
Every year, in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, there is always some brave and noble soul who thinks he/she is telling truth unto power, who decides that now’s the time to have a pop at the red poppy. Through malice or stupidity, both Remembrance Sunday and the Royal British Legion’s [...]
Hansard, November 30, 1982
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for trying to restore order while I was questioning the Prime Minister. Those of us who have spent our lives fighting fascism do not need protection from the National Socialist Workers Revolutionary Party, whose members have inherited the Nazi tactic of bullying and thugism.
Posted: November 1st, 2013 under History.
On this date 80 years ago, the American Federation of Labor voted to approve a boycott of products and services from Nazi Germany. It was the first non-Jewish organization in the US to join the boycott. (The British Labour Party endorsed an anti-Nazi boycott on October 5 of the same year.)
The AFL stated:
The revolution in [...]