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 charged into the crowd, beating men, women and children indiscriminately with clubs, leaving hundreds of casualties in their wake. Police Commissioner Abram Duryee said, “It was the most glorious sight I ever saw.” […]

Today in Labor History – January 11th

The first American “Modern School”, based on ideas of Francisco Ferrer, was founded by a group including Leonard Abbott, Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, in New York City. – 1911 The IWW-organized (Industrial Workers of the World) “Bread & Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children began on this date in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The […]