Opinion

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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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Today in labor history: MLK honored by Carter

Martin Luther King Jr. was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter.

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Today in labor history: Homestead strikers battle Pinkerton thugs

On July 6, 1892, under the cover of darkness, two barges, loaded with armed Pinkerton thugs hired by the Carnegie Steel Co., landed on the south bank of the Monongahela River.

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Blood and citizenship: Black soldiers and the 4th of July

As we celebrate Independence Day, it is worth remembering how important documents are to us - and where the authority for those documents comes from.

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Today in history: Musicians targeted in anti-Communist witch-hunt

On June 22, 1950, renowned musicians/performers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lena Horne, Pete Seeger and Artie Shaw were labeled as suspected "Communist sympathizers" in the infamous publication "Red Channels."

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“The Revolutionary” - an American in China’s Communist Party

This is the story of a civil rights activist and union organizer who became a linguist, went to China after World War II, and joined the Chinese Communist revolution.

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Today in history: England’s 99% crushed

On June 15, 1381, Wat Tyler, a leader of a peasant/laborer rebellion that swept England, was killed by the king's supporters.

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