Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
May 1—Mary Harris “Mother” Jones born in County Cork, Ireland – 1830
(The Autobiography of Mother Jones: Mary Harris Jones—“Mother Jones”—was the most dynamic woman ever to grace the American labor movement. Employers and politicians around the turn of the century called her “the most dangerous woman in America” and rebellious working men and women loved her as they never loved anyone else.)
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—Pete Seeger, folksinger and union activist, born in Patterson, N.Y. Among his songs: “If I Had A Hammer” and “Turn, Turn, Turn” – 1919
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Labor Video: Career Opportunities
Funny ad by a college, promoting career change opportunities. Click here to watch the video.