Saturday, July 21, 2012

Today in Labor History—July 21

July 21, 1877 – 30,000 Chicago workers rallied on Market Street during the Great Upheaval wave of strikes occurring throughout the country. Future anarchist and Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons spoke to the crowd, advocating the use of the ballot to obtain "state control of the means of production," and urged workers to join the workingmen's party. Parsons was later abducted by armed men who took him to the police where he was interrogated and informed that he had caused the city great trouble. (From the Daily Bleed)

July 21, 1887 – 20 striking railroad workers were killed by state troopers in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. (From the Daily Bleed)

July 21, 1964 – Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) blueberry pickers went on strike near Grand Junction, Michigan. (From the Daily Bleed)

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