Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
July 17—Two ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, Calif., killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work underpinned the trial and conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny – 1944
July 18—Hospital workers win 113-day union recognition strike in Charleston, S.C. – 1969
July 19—Women’s Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Delegates adopt a Declaration of Women’s Rights and call for women’s suffrage – 1848
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Labor Video: A Fading Art
The trailer for a sweet film about a wonderful, fading craft: signpainting. Some of the independent characters who practice the art are unforgettable; in a more appreciative society, many of them would see their work hanging in art galleries. Click here to watch the trailer.