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By 1929, the Communist party had a significant presence in North Carolina. The party affiliated National Textile Workers Union started organizing strikes at textile mills to raise wages and improve conditions for mill workers. At Loray Mills in Gastonia, NC, workers walked off the job. Separate clashes with the police and strike breakers left the Gastonia police chief dead as well as Ella Mae Wiggins, a worker who had evolved into a leader of the strike.

Two of the tiny workers, a raveler and a looper in London Hosiery Mills. London, Tenn, December 1910 by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

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30 Shocking Photos Of Child Labor Between 1908 And 1916

July 1909, Baltimore, Maryland. Young workers stringing beans in the J. S. Farrand Packing Co. Those too small to work are held on laps of workers.

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30 Shocking Photos Of Child Labor Between 1908 And 1916

Date: April 1913 Location: Columbus, Georgia Phoenix Mill was a “dinner-toters,” delivering up to 10 meals a day to workers. Image by Library of Congress / National Child Labor Committee Collection

Some samples (not all) of the children in the "Kindergarten Factory" run by the High Point and Piedmont Hosiery Mills ... Location: High Point, North Carolina (LOC)

Link takes you to an interview from Rev. George Turks, who witnessed the Memphis Sanitation worker's strike. One of my favorite orations of all is the speech Martin Luther King gave in support of the marchers the night before he was killed. “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life--longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now… I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised…

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What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island

Ruthenian Woman | What America’s Immigrants 'looked like *when* they arrived' on Ellis Island: We hear so often that America is "a nation of immigrants" or a "cultural mixing pot" . Unique America's History is as a Nation of Immigrants.

"1917 - Interior of tobacco shed, Hawthorn Farm. Girls in foreground are 8, 9, and 10 years old. The 10 yr. old makes 50 cents a day. 12 workers on this farm are 8 to 14 years old, and about 15 are over 15 yrs.