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On November 12, 1892, the New Orleans General Strike ended with a major victory for workers. One of the few true general strikes in American history, it demonstrated the potential power of workers, even in the face of race-baiting and military opposition in the Gilded Age. In early 1892, New Orleans’ streetcar drivers won a […]

Down Goes Davis!

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On May 11, 2017

In these horrible times, one doesn’t have much to cheer. Here’s something! Authorities removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans early Thursday, as protester

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Tear ‘Em Down

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On April 24, 2017
Good on New Orleans. New Orleans removed the first of four designated Confederate monuments Monday as workers toiled in the dark of night to bring down the Liberty Monument, which honors a white supremacist group that attempted to overthrow the city’s Reconstruction-era biracial government, NBC News reports. The workers arrived at the site at around […]
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It’s just so hard to be a dead Confederate today. No one loves you anymore. No one wants to name things after treasonous slaveholders or the northern politicians who facilitated their slave system. The New Orleans City Council has voted 6-1 to remove four Confederate and neo-Confederate monuments from the city, including one memorializing a […]
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Katrina and Solidarity

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On September 2, 2015
My good friend Jacob Remes has an interesting piece up at the Atlantic. You may remember him from his entry in the This Day in Labor History series on Davis Day in Canada. He is a historian of disasters and working-class solidarity. We read chapters of each other’s book drafts and I can guarantee you […]
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