Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

August 13, 1892

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Grundy County, TN, miners tear down the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railway Company’s stockade — which housed the company’s convict workers — at Tracy City.  In response to similar actions over the next few days, the governor dispatched 583 militiamen; hundreds of miners were arrested.  The state began the practice of leasing its convicts (75% of whom were African-American) to companies willing to pay for the inmates’ housing in exchange for their labor in 1866.

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