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On October 9, 1961, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Tennessee state Supreme Court order revoking the charter of the Highlander Folk School. This allowed the state to shut down the greatest organizing space in the South, one that had played a critical role in organizing both the labor and civil rights movements, […]
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Organizing the South

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On September 10, 2019
One of the huge problems in the American labor movement has long been the extreme difficulty of large-scaling organizing in the South. Despite the herculean efforts of some great organizers, many of whom are southern themselves, the region remains extremely anti-union as a whole. And if case you don’t think this matters, the fact that […]
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This is the grave of Lucy Randolph Mason. Born to an elite Virginia family in 1882 (she was a direct descendant of George Mason), Mason dedicated her life to improving the lives of poor southerners, white and black. Like many Progressive Era women, she did not marry and instead went into voluntarism. A generation younger […]
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