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On October 4, 1918, the T.A. Gillespie Shell Loading Plant near Sayreville, New Jersey exploded, killing approximately 100 workers making ammunition for the nation’s war effort during World War I. This was another in a series of disasters from poor workplace conditions that defined American work life during these years, especially in dangerous trades. Too […]

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On November 11, 2017

Veterans Day: A perfect time to remember one of our national legacies, white people lynching black soldiers and recently returned veterans. Returning African American veterans were met with a familiar

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On September 29, 1917, General John J. Pershing appointed retired Colonel Brice Disque to find a solution to the labor situation in the Northwestern forests. He led the Spruce Production Division, a special unit designed to ensure the military acquired the needed wood to build airplanes for World War I. To do so, Disque had […]
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On December 21, 1919, the anarchist Emma Goldman was deported from the United States to the Soviet Union as part of the larger crackdown against radicals under the Alien Act and other World War I laws that sought to suppress dissent. This shameful moment in American history is both an excellent time to examine Goldman’s […]
In 1918 and 1919, the Ford Motor Company produced a bunch of cartoons to support World War I and the Red Scare. This piece of radical eliminationism is from 1919. Here’s a link with sound, which is better because the rat is singing The Internationale. But I can’t embed it. Share
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