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The Story of Ben Fletcher

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On April 18, 2021
The labor historian Peter Cole lays out the main points from his new biography of the little known Black Wobbly Ben Fletcher and they are well worth your time this Sunday morning. Never graduating from high school, Fletcher joined hundreds of thousands of rural Black and White Americans and European immigrants who sought work in […]
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On November 10, 1933, workers at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota sat down on the job. Possibly the first sit-down strike in American history, the win these workers achieved helped set up the labor militancy of the New Deal era that revolutionized the lives of American labor. The Industrial Workers of the World had […]
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This is the grave of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Born in 1890 in Concord, New Hampshire to a family interested in socialism, Flynn was exposed to radical ideas early in life, particularly after they moved in 1900 to New York City. She gave her first public speech at the age of 16 titled “What Socialism Will […]
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IWW History Project

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On January 23, 2016
If you have a few minutes, checking out the IWW History Project at the University of Washington is well worth your time. It contains a lot of great visuals, maps, timelines, etc. The labor historian James Gregory: The IWW History Project is now live. Based at the University of Washington, the online project reveals in […]
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