Confederate monuments and the Knights of Labor
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Professor Peter Rachleff on the Robert E. Lee memorial and the history of the Knights of Labor in Richmond, Virginia, where Black and White workers united against both Democrats and Republicans who supported capitalism. Plus a tribute to the late John Lewis, a special moment in labor history from the Machinist’s union, Cesar Chavez talks boycott, and this week’s Labor History in 2. Produced by Chris Garlock; edited by Evan Papp and Alan Wierdak. To contribute a labor history item, email

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. A longer version of the Rachleff interview first aired on WorkWeek Radio.

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