Today in Labor History

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August 3, 1913

Durst_Ranch_Hop_Pickers__ThreeStriking hop pickers near the Northern California town of Wheatland gather to hear Industrial Workers of the World organizers, among them Richard “Blackie” Ford. Fighting broke out when sheriff’s deputies attempted to arrest Ford while he was speaking. Four people died, including the local district attorney, a deputy, and two workers. Despite a lack of evidence, Ford and another strike leader, Herman Suhr, were found guilty of murder by a 12-member jury that included 8 farmers.


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