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On December 28, 1921, the Rand Rebellion in South Africa began with a strike of white miners. Soon, it would develop into a general rebellion of workers against the state, with the Communist Party playing a major role. Alas, the strike was strictly racialized and aimed directly agaisnt the use of African workers in the […]
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On August 16, 1928, Josephine Roche signed a collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America, the first time the UMWA had won a contract in Colorado. This came about due to an unusual set of circumstances that were unique in early twentieth century American history. But we can learn a lot about […]
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On April 29, 1899, miners in the Coeur d’Alene district of northern Idaho blew up a mine, part of the long struggle in those mines by miners for dignity against companies determined to have total control over workers. This was part of the often violent industrial warfare between workers and companies in the mining camps […]
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On August 1, 1864, Nevada miners engaged in the first strike in western hardrock metal mining. This action would be successful, albeit for just a short time. It also laid the groundwork for a half-century of organizing and violent resistance to it by the companies that would dominate the American West. The Comstock Lode was […]
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