The Saint Louis Commune & the Great Upheaval of 1877

This month marks the 150-year anniversary of the Paris Commune, which inspired me to write about the Saint Louis Commune and the Great Upheaval of 1877. “There was a time in the history of France when the poor found themselves oppressed to such an extent that forbearance ceased to be a virtue, and hundreds of …

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America’s Long Sordid History of Anti-Asian Violence

The current wave of anti-Asian bigotry and violence is appalling and horrifying. But it is not a new phenomenon in America. Anti-Asian bigotry and violence have occurred since the first Chinese people immigrated to the U.S. in the 1850s. In the following piece, I present a timeline of key events in this sordid history. It …

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Learn What Happened Today in Labor History: March 12

Today in Labor History, March 12, 1904 – Workers completed the first tunnel under the Hudson River, after 30 years of drilling. The tunnel connected Jersey City and Manhattan. Many tragedies occurred during the project. But the worst was in 1880, when the tunnel flooded, killing 20 workers on one day. Today in Labor History, March 12, …

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