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March 2, 1807

President Thomas Jefferson signs into law the Act to Prohibit the Importation of Slaves. It provided heavy penalties for slave traders and ended large-scale importations of slaves into the United States. 23 more words

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March 1, 1900

The Granite Cutters National Union begins a successful nationwide strike for the eight-hour day. The union also won recognition, wage increases, a grievance procedure, and a minimum wage scale.

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February 28, 1942

Sue Cowan Williams represents African-American teachers in the Little Rock School District as the plaintiff in a class action lawsuit challenging the disparity between black and white teachers’ salaries in the segregated South. 9 more words

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February 23, 1875

The country’s oldest maritime union – the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association – is founded when five steamship unions out of Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and Baltimore convene in to join together. 24 more words

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February 22, 1918

Textile mill owners in Ahmedabad, India, lock out their workers over a cost-of-living wage dispute. Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi proposed a compromise between what the workers and employers were demanding and began his first “fast unto death,” which lasted for four days until the mill owners agreed to arbitration.

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February 21, 1919

Several weeks after eight workers at a hydroelectric plant in Barcelona, Spain, are fired for political reasons, 100,000 workers are involved in the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT)-led general strike that follows. 32 more words

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February 20, 1908

On their way to City Hall to demand jobs and relief, more than 1,000 unemployed workers battle with police in Philadelphia. Police arrest fourteen people and Voltairine de Cleyre – an anarchist who spoke at a rally earlier in the day – is charged with inciting to riot.

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