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On February 23, 1959, the AFL-CIO Executive Council, meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, passed a resolution to create the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, an early attempt to organize the farmworkers at the bottom of the American labor force. While Americans idealized agricultural work from the Jeffersonian beginnings of the nation, underlying the agrarian myth […]
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On February 20, 1893, the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad went into receivership. This was the first step toward the Panic of 1893, the greatest economic crisis in American history prior to the Great Depression and one with a profound impact on American workers and working-class politics. The nineteenth century economy was inherently unstable. With a […]

Strikes Work

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On February 19, 2019

Boom! West Virginia's educators just won their strike! A few minutes ago, they forced the House to kill the Republicans' pro-privatization bill, 53-45. Strikes work — check out this video of

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Here’s an interesting case with potential major implications: A janitors’ union in San Francisco has taken on a court battle with major implications for what workers can do to protest their employers’ practices, and the fight starts immediately in the wake of a government finding that more individual Americans went on strike in 2018 than […]
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This is the grave of Pop and Hattie Stoneman, as well as Scotty Stoneman and other various Stoneman Family members. Ernest “Pop” Stoneman was born in 1893 in Monarat, Virginia. In late nineteenth and early twentieth century Appalachia, there wasn’t much in the way of popular entertainment. Music filled the gap, especially what today we […]

Music Notes

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On February 16, 2019

If it’s Saturday night, it’s time to talk tunes. Now that The Paranoid Style’s Elizabeth Nelson is writing for LGM, it is even more ridiculous that I provide my pointless scribbling

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