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Sept. 25, 1891
Two African-American sharecroppers are killed during an ultimately unsuccessful cotton-pickers strike in Lee County, Ark. By the time the strike had been suppressed, 15 African-Americans had died and another six had been imprisoned. A white plantation manager was killed as well.
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More Than A Picnic: A Lesson in Labor Day
Posted On: Sep 07, 2020
Sept. 7, 2020 | LABOR HISTORY | Before there were Labor Day barbecues and Labor Day sales, there was Labor – workers in the 19th century pushing for an eight-hour day and safe conditions as the U.S. economy was transforming itself from one of small enterprises to one dominated by industrial corporations. Labor historian Bill Barry talks about the connection between Baltimore and the Labor Movement, and tells us the roots of the holiday, still reflected when people gather for Labor Day picnics and parades.

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