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The Edge of Anarchy Part Five: The Pullman Strike

political cartoon of the pullman strike

The Pullman Strike was the greatest uprising of working people in American history. If you haven’t listened to parts one through four of this special mini-series inspired by my book The Edge of Anarchy, I encourage you to do so. It

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The History of the Rise of Labor Unions in America

political cartoon of the laboring man at pullman

by Jack Kelly In 1979, a young Vermont politician named Bernie Sanders made a short documentary film about Eugene Debs. He noted Debs’s accomplishments, he lamented the fact that Debs was largely a forgotten figure in history, and he reproduced

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Split Season: Baseball’s Epic Strike of 1981

Baseball Strike 1981 - Jeff Katz

by Jeff Katz Those who think Major League Baseball is simply about the play on the field are too romantic and those who think it’s only about the business off the field are too cynical. The truth is somewhere in

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Posted in Sports History

The Legend of the Braddock Tigers

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by Greg Nichols Big Bertha, a massive driving sled, haunted the Tigers’ dreams. It was rare for high school football teams to use sleds in the late 1950s, and rarer to see anything larger than a two-man version. Big Bertha

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Posted in Contemporary History, Sports History

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