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Today in labor history: Police open fire on striking steelworkers

Police opened fire on workers who were marching to the Republic Steel plant in south Chicago to set up a picket line.

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Today in labor history: First U.S. public school established

On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.

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For the W. Va. and Turkish Miners: Journal of Catherine Terry, 30 Nov. 1920

Diane Gilliam Fisher is a true poet of miners, their communities, their culture and families.

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Today in labor history: Warsaw Ghetto uprising ends

Today in labor history, on May 16, 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising comes to an end as Nazi soldiers gain control of Warsaw, Poland's Jewish ghetto, blowing up the last remaining synagogue and beginning the mass deportation of the ghetto's remaining dwellers to the Treblinka extermination camp.

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Today in labor history: Anti-Monopoly Party founded

There were 200 delegates from 16 states at the convention, including 61 from Illinois and Michigan.

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Today in Native History: Court rules an Indian is a man

On May 12 in 1879, Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca tribe was declared a man in the federal courts of the U.S.

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The Ludlow Massacre: Never to be forgotten!

 The tragic, brutal and deadly attack on striking miners and their families shocked, saddened and outraged working people and most Americans.

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Today in women's history: Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Stowe was highly active in the abolition movement. She and her husband supported the Underground Railroad and temporarily housed slaves in their home.

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Today in women’s history: Hull House co-founder Ellen Starr born

In 1896, Starr joined the garment workers' strike in support of the workers. She was a founding member of the Chicago chapter of the Women's Trade Union League in 1904.

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