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October 29, 1889


Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto is lynched by men employed by the owner of the Ookala Plantation in Hawaii.  After working for three years as a contract laborer for $9 a month on a plantation, Goto opened up a general store in competition with the local company store and served as a liaison between Japanese laborers and plantation management, facilitating mediation, acting as an interpreter, and advocating for improved working conditions.

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