Today in Labor History September 7

Today in Labor History September 7: 1850s-1860s Today in Labor History September 7, 1857: Mormon settlers slaughtered most of the members of a peaceful, emigrant wagon train in the Mountain Meadows massacre. The Mormons dressed as Piutes. They also hired actual Piutes to help in the attack, so the authorities would blame Indians instead of Mormons. …

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Today in Labor History September 6

Today in Labor History September 6, 1620: The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower to settle in North America. This led to increasing immigration from Europe and colonization of North America, greatly exacerbating the genocide of Indigenous Peoples that started when Columbus first arrived in 1492. When the Europeans first arrived, historians estimate that over 10 million native peoples …

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Today in Labor History September 5

Today in Labor History1700s Today in Labor History September 5, 1793: The French revolutionary government began their Reign of Terror. September 5, 1794: The Jacobins arrested radical democrat priest Jacques Roux in France. He had preached for a classless society and became a leader of the revolutionary far-left during the French Revolution. Roux argued for …

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Today in Labor History September 2

1880s-1910s Today in Labor History September 2, 1885: 150 white miners, who were struggling to unionize for better wages and work conditions, attacked their Chinese fellow workers in the Rock Springs massacre in Wyoming. As a result, they killed 28 Chinese miners, wounded 15 others and forced all the other Chinese to flee town. By the time the …

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Today in Labor History September 1

1880s Today in Labor History September 1, 1880: The utopian communistic Oneida Community ended after 32 years. John Humphrey Noyes founded the community in 1848 near Oneida, New York. They believed that Jesus had already returned in AD 70, allowing them to bring about Jesus’s millennial kingdom themselves. The Community practiced communalism (holding all property and possessions in common). They also practiced complex marriage, where …

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