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On January 29, 1834, President Andrew Jackson orders the U.S. military to suppress workers attacking each other over scarce jobs along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. This is the first time in American history that a president would use the military to crush a labor action. It would not be the last. The C&O was […]
On December 17, 1894, the American Federation of Labor annual convention begins in Denver. During the convention, AFL founding leader Samuel Gompers lost his reelection bid to John McBride due to the rise of Populism in the labor movement. While this interregnum in Gompers’ domination of the AFL for its four decades would not last […]
On October 14, 1840, proceedings began in Commonwealth v. Hunt, a critical early legal case that, two years later, established the right of workers to strike in the United States. Early American law basically banned the right to strike. This drew from British law that saw any combination that restrained trade as illegal. Whether workers […]
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