Today in Labor History – September 25th

labor history september 25

Lewis Hines

American photographer Lewis Hine was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States. – 1874

A group of African-American sharecroppers in Lee County, Arkansas perhaps loosely affiliated with the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Union (commonly call the Colored Farmers’ Alliance), struck to increase the wages they received from local planters for picking cotton. By the time a white mob put down the strike, 15 African-Americans and one white plantation manager were killed. – 1891

Playwright John Howard Lawson was born on this date in New York City. Lawson wrote several plays about the working class, including The International (1928), which depicts a world revolution by the proletariat, and Marching Song (1937), about a sit-down strike. He was for several years head of the Hollywood division of the Communist Party USA. He was also the organization’s cultural manager and answered directly to V.J. Jerome, the Party’s New York-based cultural chief. He was the first president of the Writers Guild of America, West after the Screen Writers Guild divided into two regional organizations. In the late 1940s, Lawson was blacklisted as a member of the “Hollywood Ten” for his refusal to tell the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his political allegiances. – 1894

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  1. When we study our history and we learn how the people before us gave us what we have… it opens my heart and gives me hope that we might leave something better for the people that comes behind us… it hurts my heart to see so many people just worrying about themselves today.. we do not get where we are today by standing alone or for just ourselves. We had protest we stood in picket lines the teamsters stood in front of gates to keep the scabs from getting the trucks in so they could be unloaded I remember this cuz I seen it on TV… Jimmy Hoffa got killed cuz he stood up to the Mob, so when it’s your kids working in the fields or for nothing in the stores and the fast food restaurants like they are now. And you are like me and worried that someday you will be a burden on them. Then you let me know how it feels to stand up for the rich man? Because right now the rich man’s trying to work for everything that the generations before us had fought and given us and we’re willing to give it back!!!

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