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Today in Working History : Drumheller Coal Miners May 24

May 24, 2011General News

May 24 1919, Drumheller coal miners begin strike, demanding recognition of the One Big Union as there bargaining agent. For more information go to  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Big_Union_(Canada) or http://libcom.org/library/calgary-1919-birth-obu-general-strike-eugene-plawiuk

Enjoy this short video on the Winnipeg General Strike.

1921, Trial of Italian- American anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti begins.  For an essay on this important piece of American labour history go to, http://writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/sacvan.html

The fairness of the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti has been questioned to this day. Were they guilty or were they scapegoats?

The trail brought international attention and condemnation the early part of the 20th century saw many labour battles and many martyrs to the cause of Justice; were Sacco and Vanzetti crazed anarchists or martyrs???  

Enjoy a short video  featuring Joan Baez singing “Heres to You”


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