Today in Labor History April 8, 2020

Emma Goldman

The 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, banning chattel slavery, but allowing a continuation of wage slavery and the forced labor of convicts without pay. – 1864 128 convict miners, mostly African-Americans jailed for minor offenses, were killed by a massive explosion near Birmingham, Alabama. While the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which occurred just … Read more

The Women of Labor – 2

Women of Labor – 2 Dolores Huerta “Every single day we sit down to eat, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and at our table, we have food that was planted, picked, or harvested by a farm worker. Why is it that the people who do the most sacred work in our nation are the most oppressed, … Read more