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  •  Today's excellent diary by Alan Grayson (8+ / 0-)

    talked about the Blair Mountain War, which I only recently learned about:

    I have been amazed to discover the Labor roots of the Haymarket Riots...

    ... and how May Day started as a commemoration of that day --the irony that Communist nations around the world celebrated an event that happened in America, which we largely are ignorant of...

    People like Mother Jones...

    ... and Bill Haywood & Harry Orchard, and their involvement in the "Trial of the Century" in which an Idaho governor was killed after reneging on a promise to deal fairly with strikers at the Sunshine Mine in my home state-- we have streets named for these guys and no one around here knows who they were or what they did.

    All the times that the Pinkertons were called out to crack heads against strikers who just wanted a fair shake in their labor...

    History as taught in schools is one triumph of American wonderfulness after another; but the real history of the labor that built this country is a trail of death, mud and blood. Worth learning.

    •  If you'd like to learn more (0+ / 0-)

      about the "Trial of the Century", Big Trouble, by J. Anthony Lukas is a terrific book on the subject. Highly recommended.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 05:52:29 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the tip; I'll check that out... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... I live in Boise now and have started to track down some of where these historical events happened. Idaho has such an amazing Labor history... almost all forgotten now as a "Right to Work" state.  

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