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On January 14, 1895, trolley workers in Brooklyn walk off the job. The largest and most violent strike in Brooklyn’s history to that point, it was in many ways a typical story of the Gilded Age where employers and the state combined to crush the reasonable demands of oppressed workers, often over public sympathy to […]
On January 3, 1931, farmers converged on England, Arkansas to demand poverty relief. This led to Will Rogers’ poverty tour and a greater national conversation about conditions in rural America in the early years of the Great Depression. In 1930, Arkansas suffered a severe drought, the worst in the state’s history to that time. The […]
As I’ve somehow became a national expert on the relationship between the labor and environmental movements, I often get asked to comment on stories like this one in the Albany Times-Union on a plan burn old tires to fuel a local cement plant. This seems like…not a real great idea. But, jobs. Labor unions and […]
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