Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
January 16—Thousands of Palmer Raids detainees win right to meet with lawyers and attorney representation at deportation hearings. “Palmer” was Alexander Mitchell Palmer, U.S. attorney general under Woodrow Wilson. Palmer believed Communism was “eating its way into the homes of the American workman,” and Socialists were causing most of the country’s social problems – 1920
January 17—Radical labor organizer and anarchist Lucy Parsons leads hunger march in Chicago; IWW songwriter Ralph Chaplin wrote “Solidarity Forever” for the march – 1915
January 18—“Take This Job and Shove It,” by Johnny Paycheck, is listed by Billboard magazine as the most popular song in the U.S. – 1978
(Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class: Stayin’ Alive is a remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s.)
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Labor Video: Which Side Are You On?
Union1TV’s great video compilation of major strike footage, accompanied by Billy Bragg singing “Which Side Are You On?” Click here to watch the video.