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“Welfare Capitalism”

On this day in 1914, Henry Ford announces a revolutionary wage scale of $5 per day, and reduces shifts from nine to eight hours. Against…

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Solidarity Forever

On this day in 1936, the Flint sit-down strike against General Motors commences at Fisher Body Plant No. 1. When the strike finally ended 44…

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Solidarnosc!

On this day in 1990, trade-union activist, former political prisoner and shipyard electrician Lech Walesa is elected President of Poland. Defeating Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki…

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15 Miles on the Erie Canal

On this day in 1825, the Erie Canal opens, finally connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River and a man-made…

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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

On this day in 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City consumes the lives of 146 garment workers; 123 women and 23…

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The Man Who Changed a Culture is Born – MLK Jr.

On this day in 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born to a Baptist minister and his church organist wife in Atlanta, GA. Becoming a…

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