Today in Labor History – October 16th


Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of  Louis XVI, is beheaded during the French Revolution.   When alerted that the peasants were suffering due to widespread bread shortages, lore has it that she replied, “Let them eat cake.” In fact she never said that, but workers were, justifiably, ready to believe anything bad about their cold-hearted royalty – 1793

Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men, including  five free blacks, in an attack on the Harper’s Ferry ammunition depot, the beginning of guerrilla warfare against slavery – 1859

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  1. The guillotining of Marie Antoinette and 20,000 other innocent people during the French terror of 1793-4 was a crime against humanity!

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