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On June 15, 1942, workers at a General Motors factory engaged in a wildcat strike to protest new policies that forbade them from smoking on the job. While this may seem like an odd incident, it actually shines quite a light on working class culture in the mid-twentieth century and conditions on the shop floor […]
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This is the grave of Ira Hayes. Born in 1923 in Sacaton, Arizona, part of the Gila River Pima Reservation, Hayes grew up in the poverty of the Native communities who had their land stolen as Phoenix rose to become a major city. His family farmed some cotton for the market and also engaged in […]
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On May 1, 1943, Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9340, authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to seize the nation’s coal mines after the United Mine Workers of America refused National War Labor Board arbitration. This incident demonstrated both the intransigence of UMWA head John L. Lewis to state power and the limited tolerance […]
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This is the grave of Omar Bradley. I don’t have indifference to military history, I have open hostility to it and to the people who find interest in utterly pointless details of military operations. I suppose military history could be theoretically interesting, but it’s purveyors are so hidebound that it’s become a complete backwater of […]
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