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Consumerism, Capitalism, Exploitation

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Modern Times

Yesterday was our last day before spring break. We just completed our Chicago History research project and Fair the previous week as well as our Pullman debates— discussing and debating labor issues, the role of unions, and the materialism of … Continue reading

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Go back up the stairs!

Today we held our annual Pullman debates. We bring Eugene Debs and the ARU, George Pullman, Jane Addams, Attorney General Olney, the Reverend Carwardine, the Pullman workers, the General Managers Association, Governor Altgeld, and the Federal Troops to the table … Continue reading

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“Vivas To Those Who Have Failed: The Paterson Silk Strike, 1913” by Martin Espada

Vivas to those who have fail’d!                                                                                                      And to those whose war-vessels sank in the sea!                                                                      And to those themselves who sank in the sea!                                                                            And to all generals that lost engagements, and all overcome heroes!                                 And the numberless unknown heroes … Continue reading

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“Shirt” by Robert Pinsky

The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams, The nearly invisible stitches along the collar Turned in a sweatshop by Koreans or Malaysians  xxx Gossiping over tea and noodles on their break Or talking money or politics while one fitted … Continue reading

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“Solidarity Forever”

This is the 100th anniversary of the song “Solidarity Forever,” first written in 1915 by Ralph Chaplin, who was a writer and artist for the IWW publication Solidarity. It was first sung at an enthusiastic labor rally of workers and immigrants … Continue reading

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Philip Levine on America’s Workers

  What Work Is We stand in the rain in a long line waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work. You know what work is—if you’re old enough to read this you know what work is, although you may not … Continue reading

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