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January 13, 1794

imagesFourteen hundred tobacco workers in Mexico City demonstrate in what became known as the “Paper Riot,” protesting a production work rule change. Two weeks after the protest, management reversed its decision in the workers’ favor.

July 9, 1793


The first legislative session of Upper Canada (the part of British North America that would go on to become Ontario) passes the Act Against Slavery.  The law stated that while all slaves currently in the province would remain enslaved until death, no new slaves could be brought into Upper Canada.  It was the first British colony to enact such a law.

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