Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
May 1—Mother Jones’ 100th birthday celebrated at the Burgess Farm in Adelphi, Md. She died six months later – 1930
May 2—Birth of Richard Trevellick, a ship carpenter, founder of American National Labor Union and later head of the National Labor Congress, America’s first national labor organization – 1830
May 3—Eugene V. Debs and other leaders of the American Railway Union are jailed for six months for contempt of court in connection with Pullman railroad car strike – 1895
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Labor Video: Labor History in Short Films
Learn about early efforts to limit child labor and improve workers’ lives by viewing several short videos available at http://www.history.com/topics/labor/videos. There’s some excellent historical footage of early industrial life, workers, and conflict (that follows an unavoidable 30 second commercial).