Today in Labor History – April 8th

The 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, banning chattel slavery, but allowing a continuation of wage slavery and the forced labor of convicts without pay. – 1864 128 convict miners, mostly African-Americans jailed for minor offenses, were killed by a massive explosion at near Birmingham, Alabama. While the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which occurred … Read more

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