Today in Labor History

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January 8, 1811


The largest slave revolt in U.S. history begins on Louisiana’s German Coast sugar plantations.  Armed primarily with hand tools, the men marched toward New Orleans, setting plantations and crops on fire and adding to their numbers as they went.  The uprising of an estimated 300-500 people lasted for two days before it was brutally suppressed by the military. 


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