Thursday, November 24, 2011

Today in Labor History—November 24


Future Slayer of God, Charles Darwin, Age 7
November 24, 1859 -- Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species was published. (From the Daily Bleed)

November 24, 1875 - The Cigar Makers International Union, Local 144, was chartered with Samuel Gompers as president. (From Workday Minnesota)
Mollie Steimer c1918 (public domain)
 November 24, 1921 – Mollie Steimer, after doing 18 months for handing out leaflets, was shipped off to Soviet Russia along with three other radicals (Jacob Abrams, Samuel Lipman, & Hyman Lachowsky). In the U.S., they were victims of the Red Scare, for handing out leaflets opposing the deployment of U.S. troops against Soviet Russia. However, they were also soon victims of the Red Terror in Russia. Steimer was deported from the USSR in 1923 for aiding “criminal elements.” (From the Daily Bleed)

November 24, 1927 – On Thanksgiving Day 1927, California troops battled 1,200 inmates when Folsom prisoners revolted. One prisoner was shot and five others were later hanged. (From the Daily Bleed)

November 24, 1947 –Chicago newspaper printers' strike began in opposition to the recently passed anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act. (From the Daily Bleed)

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