Opinion

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Today in history: End of military segregation

On this day in 1948, President Harry Truman ordered the desegregation of the United States armed forces.

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Living history in “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot”

I thought I knew about legendary civil rights activists Carl and Anne Braden before I saw this documentary. I was very wrong.

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Michigan's John Conyers: Tireless champion for jobs and voting rights

What happens in the 2012 elections could make or break struggling cities like Detroit that have been devastated by the economic crisis.

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Today in history: First women's rights convention

On July 19, 1848, the first women's rights convention began.

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Today in labor history: Steel Workers founded in Pittsburgh

Within a year of its inception, over 125,000 people had joined the union.

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Today in labor history: San Francisco General Strike

On July 16, 1934, the city of San Francisco shut down as 65,000 workers from all industries walked off the job, in response to a call by longshore workers for a general strike.

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Today in labor history: Tenant farmers form union

African American and white farmers formed the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Tyronza, Arkansas.

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Ode to a labor troubadour: Woody Guthrie

We pause now from the almost constant commentary on active politicians and political activism to render an ode to Woody Guthrie.

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Book review: "Woody, Cisco and Me"

This seems a good time to review a remarkable book that covers one of the least-discussed periods of Woody's life.

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