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Trying to piece together the young life of my great grandmother, Minnie Florian Wise

The woman to the right is my great grandmother. Her name was Minnie Florence Wise, and she was born on December 9, 1892, in Montgomery County, Kentucky, which is about 30 miles east of Lexington, where, if I’m not mistaken, her grandfather, John Anderson Wise (1823-1893), fought on the side of the Union during the […]

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Remembering those who died so that we might picnic on Labor Day

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the history of Labor Day, I thought that I’d share this old post one more time. As some of you probably know, Labor Day was first celebrated here in the United States in 1882. It wasn’t, however, made a national holiday until 1894, in the wake of […]

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Are we watching the American labor movement die at Caterpillar?

While I don’t generally make it a practice to steal posts outright, in their entirety, from other sites, I just read something on Metafilter that I want to share with you. It concerns the busting of the machinists’ union at Caterpillar, and I really doubt whether I could say it any better. Here’s the post, […]

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A vast majority of Americans want to repeal the Bush tax cuts, raise taxes on millionaires to cover the deficit, cut subsidies for oil companies, and preserve collective bargaining rights

The results of a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll were released yesterday. They showed, among other things, that a vast majority of Americans would prefer to raise taxes on the wealthy rather than cut social services. Here’s MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow discussing the results.

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