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On September 27, 1922, the Sentinels of the Republic formed as a conservative organization to defeat labor reform. It first targeted the Child Labor Amendment proposed to the Constitution. This successful attempt to defeat even the most basic labor reforms demonstrates how rich corporate and conservative interests in the United States can defeat labor reform. […]
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On August 29, 1935, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters signed its first contract with the Pullman Car Company, breaking that company’s long anti-union history and providing a breakthrough for Black workers in America. This successful campaign laid the groundwork for much larger campaigns for Black labor organizing over the next several years. Founded in […]
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On August 10, 1680, the Pueblo Revolt began in New Mexico. The most successful Native rebellion in the history of the Americas, this forced the Spanish out of their northern colonies for twelve years. One major reason for the revolt was the brutality of colonial Spain’s slave labor regime it forced on the pueblos. When […]
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On July 2, 1888, the London matchgirl strike began. In the pantheon of dangerous work, we probably don’t often think of making matches. To some extent, this is because the match market has collapsed in recent decades, at least in the U.S., with the decline of smoking cigarettes and the rise of lighters. But also, […]
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