Leslie Fray Orear was a union organizer for the United Packinghouse Workers of America, editor of its newspaper and co-founder and president emeritus of the Illinois History Society.
Holleran's dedication to telling the stories of hard-working women and men fighting for their rights in the workplace inspired other writers who knew her.
One day in 1953 Fred Gaboury invited me to come to work with him so I could witness first hand his skill in rigging a spar tree high in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. I eagerly accepted.
Police opened fire on workers who were marching to the Republic Steel plant in south Chicago to set up a picket line.
On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.
Diane Gilliam Fisher is a true poet of miners, their communities, their culture and families.
Today in labor history, on May 16, 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising comes to an end as Nazi soldiers gain control of Warsaw, Poland's Jewish ghetto, blowing up the last remaining synagogue and beginning the mass deportation of the ghetto's remaining dwellers to the Treblinka extermination camp.
There were 200 delegates from 16 states at the convention, including 61 from Illinois and Michigan.
On May 12 in 1879, Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca tribe was declared a man in the federal courts of the U.S.
The tragic, brutal and deadly attack on striking miners and their families shocked, saddened and outraged working people and most Americans.