Friday, April 6, 2012

Today In Labor History: April 6

April 6, 1712 - New York City saw its first slave revolt, which occurred just north of Wall Street, in response to the execution of twenty-one blacks for killing nine whites. Conditions were ideal for a revolt, as black slaves and freemen worked in proximity to each other, making communication and planning easier. In the aftermath of the revolt, 70 black men were jailed, with six “committing suicide” in custody. Twenty of those arrested were executed by burning and one was executed on the “breaking wheel.” New regulations were also put into place, prohibiting black men from meeting in groups larger than three or carrying firearms. Free men were also denied the right to own property. (From Workday Minnesota and Wikipedia)
Tupac Amaru
 April 6, 1781—Tupac Amaru was captured in Peru after being denounced by a turncoat. (From the Daily Bleed)

April 6, 1919—Bavarian Raterepublik was declared, with novelist B. Traven (e.g., Death Ship, Treasure of the Sierra Madre) serving on its Central Council of Workers, Soldiers and Farmers. (From the Daily Bleed)

April 6, 1968—Oakland police attacked the Black Panthers headquarters and assassinated an unarmed teenager, Bobby Hutton. (From the Daily Bleed)

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