Today in labor history: Singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie dies at age 55

Guthrie traveled with workers and learned their traditional songs, earning himself the nickname "Dust Bowl Troubadour."


Today in labor history: George Washington bridge opened

The George Washington Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the Hudson River and connecting Manhattan in New York City to Fort Lee in N.J., was officially inaugurated.


Today in labor history: Suffragette socialist Sylvia Pankhurst dies in 1960

Most people don't realize that a legendary suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst, lived well into the mid-20th century.


Today in labor history: First Model T leaves the assembly line

The problems of speedup and other dangerous assembly line practices were skewered in Charlie Chaplin's classic film "Modern Times."


Today in labor history: Mother Jones leads march of miners’ children

Labor organizer Mother Jones led a march of miners' children through the streets of Charleston to illustrate the effects of poverty.


Today in Labor History: "The Jungle" published

Upton Sinclair, a poor young socialist determined to do his part to make a better world, wrote his incredible book in the tarpaper shack that was his home.


Today in labor history: Tuskegee Institute opened

The school focused at least officially on industrial and agricultural education in keeping with Washington's pedagogy and philosophy


Today in Labor History: First Civil War battle in north

On Sept. 17, 1862, Union and Confederate forces clashed at the Antietam, one of the most important battles of the Civil War.


Today in labor history: Textile workers ambushed

The AFL-CIO expanded Wiggins' grave marker in 1979, to include the phrase, "She died carrying the torch of social justice."


Today in labor history: Attica prison uprising ends

Today in labor history in 1971, 11 AFSCME-represented prison employees and 33 inmates died after an uprising at Attica Correctional Facility in New York State and its subsequent bloody end with 1,000 police and national guard troops seizing the prison.

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