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    Unionizing Women Garment Workers

    In the early 20th century, the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union was the largest women’s union in the world. It pushed to improve benefits for women in the clothing industry and inspired union…

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    Household Workers Unite

    Premilla Nadasen talked about her book, Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement, about how African-American domestic workers sought to form…

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    A Difficult Woman

    Alice Kessler-Harris recounts the life of playwright and political activist Lillian Hellman (1905-1984). She was the author of numerous politically and socially infused plays, including The Children’s Hour…

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    Capitalism, Democracy, and the Emancipation of Belief

    Alice Kessler-Harris discusses what she describes as the struggle between democracy and capitalism in American History. She argues that democracy has been threatened by the nation’s wealthy…

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    The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911

    Historians talked about the legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in which 146 garment workers died on March 25, 1911, in New York City. After the presentations, one of which included visuals, the…

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    Women as Citizens: Vital Voices

    Panelists talked about the progress women have made in the 20th century, from suffrage to the right to define their own destiny. They discussed the ways in which the women’s movement helped…

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