May

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Remembering "Hy Climber" Fred Gaboury

One day in 1953 Fred Gaboury invited me to come to work with him so I could witness first hand his skill in rigging a spar tree high in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. I eagerly accepted.

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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.