Today in Labor History – December 24th

labor history december 24

Seventy-four people in Calumet, Michigan, died in what became known as the “Calumet Massacre.” About 500 youngsters and their parents had been taking part in a Christmas party for the children of striking copper miners when someone yelled “Fire!”. Within minutes, although there was no fire, dozens were trapped in a stairwell and trampled. The person who yelled was never identified, although many strikers said they thought it was a company guard. The copper strike dragged on until April 1914, but by then many of the strikers had left Calumet, forever touched by the Christmas party disaster. – 1913

On Christmas Eve, 50 policemen beat up 150 strikers on the Houston docks. – 1936

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