Today in Labor History – April 29th

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Coxey’s Army of 500 unemployed civil war veterans reaches Washington, DC – 1894

Failing to achieve their demand that only union men be employed at the Bunker Hill Company at Wardner, Idaho, members of the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) dynamited the $250,000 mill, completely destroying it. President McKinley responded by sending in black soldiers from Brownsville, Texas, with orders to round up the miners and imprison them in specially built “bullpens.” From 1899 to 1901, the U.S. Army occupied the Coeur d’Alene mining region in Idaho – 1899

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