Many believe that Christopher Columbus was the first to sail the open ocean and reach the Americas. What it not known are the numerous others who had already sailed the journey West, and those who sailed East. The Chinese once had a great fleet that was much larger than those of Europe, not just in the amount of ships, but the size as well. But with Columbus the world started its age of exploration more extensively.
September 15, 1845: Earlier in the year, 5,000 women cotton mill workers in and around Pittsburgh go on strike for a 10-hour day and an end to child labor. Months into the strike, hundreds marched on the Blackstock Mill, one of the largest in the area. The women broke down the factory's gates and forcibly expelled the scabs, while the men who accompanied them kept the police at bay.
More about Samuel R. Caldwell: On the day the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act was enacted (Oct. 2, 1937) the FBI and Denver, Co. police arrested Samuel for possession of TWO marijuana cigarettes. Mind you, growing and selling marijuana were still legal, but only if you bought a $1 government stamp... And that stamp was not for sale. Samuel was sentenced to four years of hard labor, plus a $1k fine. He served every day of his sentence and a year after Caldwell was released from prison, he died of…
Raggedy Henry: February 1912. "Henry, 10-year-old oyster shucker who does five pots of oysters a day. Works before school, after school, and Saturdays. Been working three years. Maggioni Canning Co., Port Royal, South Carolina." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine
Neil Power, 10 yrs old, he said, “Turns stockings in Rome Hosiery Mill.” A shy, pathetic figure. “Hain’t been to school much.” Photographed by Lewis Wickes Hines1 in Rome, Georgia, April 1913. Photographs from the records of the National Child Labor Committee.
The Mill: Some boys and girls were so small they had to climb up on to the spinning frame to mend broken threads and to put back the empty bobbins. Bibb Mill No. 1. Macon, Georgia. | The History Place : Child Labor in America 1908-1912 : Photographs of Lewis W. Hine
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: These children are picking cotton, which is very hard work. What similarities are there between their chores and yours?What differences do you see? Write your thoughts in your reading journal.
The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty - 12/27/2016 - Day TWO | The history of America is filled with the stories of men and women who labored, fought and prayed for liberty. Today, we inch forward, tolerating our culture and forgetting the liberties our ancestors died for. Without cultivating the knowledge of this country’s history, we cannot hope to shape its future. Listen in as Dr. Dobson and Eric Metaxas remind us of the promise of American liberty, and what we can do as a nation to…
The working classes had a thoroughly rotten time of it during the Industrial Revolution - or so history books maintain. The Industrial Revolution came as a tremendous boom to a lot of working people: they earned far more than they had done before, escaped lives of crushing poverty and for the first time began to exert some measure of control over their lives.
US Department of Labor 2014 Hall of Honor Inductee The Chinese Railroad Workers (1865 — 1869) From 1865-1869, 12,000 Chinese immigrants constructed the western section of the transcontinental railroad — one of the greatest engineering feats in American history. Their efforts, which connected the western United States to the eastern United States, laid the foundation for the extraordinary economic prosperity enjoyed by the United States in the years that followed.
Orphan Children Bound for Canada In one of the most Draconian movements in the history of emigration, Britain's "surplus children," including orphans were sent to Canada as farm labour. (courtesy Library and Archives Canada/PA-41785).
Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice, guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935.