History of the Working Class

Labor Speaks through Song – Solidarity Forever
You thought there might be something different?
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Today in Labor History – January 17th
Radical labor organizer and anarchist Lucy Parsons leads hunger march in Chicago – 1915 Wobbly (IWW) Ralph Chapin published the
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Labor Speaks – Rebecca Gordon
    Never forget, people DIED for the eight hour workday. — Rebecca Gordon
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Today in Labor History – January 16th
The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect – 1883 Thousands of detainees
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Labor Speaks – Martin Luther King Jr.
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Today in Labor History – January 15th
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this date. King once said, “We look around every day and we
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Labor Speaks – A Philip Randolph
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Today in Labor History – January 14th
A Brooklyn trolley strike began on this date (lasting until Feb. 28). The militia was called out and martial law
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Labor Speaks – The 1874 Tompkins Square Riot
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Today in Labor History – January 13th
The original Tompkins Square Riot occurred on this date. Unemployed workers were demonstrating in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, when mounted police
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