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Thousands of lynching victims were recorded in the US South at the end of the 19th century, the vast majority of whom were African Americans. Sam Holt, a black farm labourer killed by a white mob on... [Item of the Day]
Because slave-run plantations in Florida lay at the edge of Indian lands, there was frequent contact between fugitive slaves, free blacks and Indians of the local Seminole tribe. 'Black Seminoles'... [Item of the Day]
The great garment workers strike in New York (November 1909 until February 1910) was a stage for immigrant workers' solidarity within the union.Jewish garment manufacturers hired Italian workers in... [Item of the Day]
'Apart from its textile and furniture industry, Greensboro (North-Carolina) was above all known as the home of the predominantly black Agricultural & Technical College. In the late afternoon of 1... [Item of the Day]
Elias Howe, a mechanic born in 1819, patented the first American sewing machine in 1846. Initially Howe's machine did not sell very well. His competitor Isaac Singer and others invented mayor... [Item of the Day]
Women's suffrage in the US was finally achieved on 18 August 1920 when Tennessee ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, making it the law throughout the States. It read The right of... [Item of the Day]
Construction is a labour field that is ripe for trafficking. In 2006, the Trans Bay Steel Company in California was involved in a case of debt slavery. Nearly fifty skilled Thai welders were brought... [Item of the Day]
The Belgian missionary Louis Hennepin was picnicking on the banks on the Mississippi on 12 April 1680, when he 'suddenly perceived fifty bark canoes, conducted by 120 Indians, entirely nude, who... [Item of the Day]
In May and June 1934, more than 10.000 longshoremen struck all the US Pacific Coast ports. Vowing to open the port of San Francisco, the Employers Association secured extensive police protection for... [Item of the Day]
'The average Mississippi River roustabout is a strong black fellow, who has probably been a slave, and leaves the plantation for that supposed freedom and rollicking life which this class take... [Item of the Day]

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