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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2 thoughts on “Today in Labor History – October 16th

  1. “Who shall be the John Brown of Wage-Slavery?” (Eugene V. Debs, Appeal To Reason magazine, November 23, 1907)

  2. Marie Antoinette was just one of 20,000 mostly innocent victims of the terror that followed the French “Revolution”! Ironically, Maximilien Robespierre (who signed thousands of death warrants before he himself was guillotined) had originally opposed the death penalty!

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