History of the Working Class

labor history october 17
Today in Labor History – October 17th
John D. Rockefeller cut a contract with the Pennsylvania Railroad, giving his Standard Oil Company a rebate on all freight
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labor history october 16
Today in Labor History – October 16th
John Brown Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men, including five free blacks, in an attack on the Harper’s Ferry ammunition
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labor history october 15
Today in Labor History – October 15th
Woodrow Wilson President Woodrow Wilson signed the Clayton Antitrust Act,  often referred to as “Labor’s Magna Carta”, establishing that unions
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labor history october 14
Today in Labor History – October 14th
Samuel Gompers New York City cigar makers struck against pay cuts and repressive factory rules during October. The strike ended
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labor history october 13
Today in Labor History – October 13th
Teddy Roosevelt threatened to send in federal troops as strikebreakers to crush a coal strike. – 1902 In what was
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labor history october 12
Today in Labor History – October 12th
The Battle of Virden Memorial The First Industrial Congress of the US (first US national labor congress) met in New
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labor history october 11
Today in Labor History – October 11th
The Miners’ National Association was founded in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or
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labor history october 10
Today in Labor History – October 10th
20,000 cotton pickers in southern California’s San Joaquin Valley went on strike six days earlier over wages, working conditions, and
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labor history October 9
Today in Labor History – October 9th
Morris Hillquit Mary Heaton Vorse was born on this date in New York. Vorse was a labor journalist who wrote
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labor history october 8
Today in Labor History – October 8th
The Great Chicago Fire began, a fire that would burn through the early morning hours of October 10.  The fire
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