Rosemary Feurer

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Rosemary Feurer is editor of Labor Online, author of Radical Unionism in the Midwest, 1900-1950 and Against Labor, co-edited with Chad Pearson. She is completing The Illinois Mine Wars.

“Yes, Ludlow Was a Massacre” by DeStefanis & Feurer, with Response by Martelle and Andrews

Anthony DeStefanis and Rosemary Feurer wrote blogs simultaneously in response to a central question raised at the Ludlow Commemoration this weekend: Was Ludlow a Massacre? We present these here separately, and invite commentary.  UPDATE: We now have a response from Scott Martelle, who initiated the question.

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Connecting teachers struggles to the public good

by on March 7, 2014

The Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) recent decision to boycott Illinois Standards Achievement Tests, its efforts to fight privatization of education and school closures, and its attempt to break free from business-as-usual politics harkens back to a rich and largely hidden history.

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Donations Needed to Restore the Mother Jones Monument

by on January 19, 2014

I often hear from trade unionists who stop at Mother Jones’ gravesite and monument in Mount Olive, Ill., (just off Highway 55, about an hour north of St. Louis) and are moved by the experience. For example, during the struggle of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union against Hostess Brands in late 2012, someone left a Twinkie on Mother Jones’ grave with a note, “Mother Jones, we need you now!”

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Thinking of Calumet 1913

by on December 21, 2013

My husband keeps expressing a hankering to go up to Calumet, Michigan on Christmas eve to commemorate the 73 people, mostly children, who lost their lives in the Italian Hall Christmas Eve 1913 tragedy during the militant strike against the copper bosses.

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New Deal Era Labor Art Explored in Collaborative Project

by on August 31, 2013

Labor and New Deal Art: the Commemoration of the Little Steel Strike of 1937 is a wonderful resource for labor historians and teachers, especially those who like to use visuals to generate discussions in their classrooms. I’m teaching a course on the mid- twentieth century this semester, and plan to use this along with some other resources discussed below in the class.

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Workers’ Memorial Day Reflections

by on April 29, 2013

As I write this it’s Workers’ Memorial Day, an event that barely gets a blip on the media screens. But it brought to my mind one of the first union demonstrations I ever participated in, one that protested the decline in OSHA standards.

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