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September 4th, 2012

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01:46 am - A history lesson by a politician I respect
It's rare for pretty much anyone other than labor organizers and progressive historians to talk about the history of the US labor movement, but here's an excellent description of an incident from 1920 that's well worth reading about. The Battle of Blair Mountain WV recounted by ex (and hopefully future) Representative Alan Grayson, which he terms "The Second Civil War".

Incidents like this is why unions are important, a fact far too many people in the US have forgotten. Some through lack of experience, others because a number powerful and wealthy people want to eliminate unions. Grayson ends his story with a question well worth considering "Now let me ask you one thing: had you ever heard of this landmark event in American history, the Battle of Blair Mountain, before you read this? And if not, then why not? Think about that."
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Date:September 4th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting that; may gank.

I would fault it in one way: he alludes to "company towns", but I've found that most people have no concept of what that really means. Do you happen to know any writing which gets it across?

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