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Today in Labor History December 2, 1859: The authorities hanged abolitionist John Brown in Charleston, Virginia for his leadership of a plot to incite a slave rebellion. Victor Hugo, who was living in exile on Guernsey, tried to obtain a pardon for him. His open letter was published by the press on both sides of the Atlantic. His plea failed, of course. On the day of his execution, John Brown rode in a furniture wagon, on top of his own coffin, through a crowd of 2,000 soldiers, to the gallows. The soldiers included future Confederate general Stonewall Jackson and John Wilkes Booth. Walt Whitman described the execution in his poem “Year of Meteors.”

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Recommend Thoreau's speech and essay "A Plea for Captain John Brown" in defence of John Brown, which mentions themes about society that we still find discussed today.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Plea_for_Captain_John_Brown

"Before the first friendly word had been spoken for Captain John Brown, he [Thoreau] sent notices to most houses in Concord, that he would speak in a public ball on the condition and character of John Brown, on Sunday evening, and invited all people to come. The Republican Committee, the Abolitionist Committee, sent him word that it was premature and not advisable. He replied,—“I did not send to you for advice, but to announce that I am to speak.”

https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Yankee_in_Canada_(1866)/A_Plea_for_Captain_John_Brown

_bydbach_ , to AcademicChatter group
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What's this? What's this?! A new page on the website presenting our growing list of names and some info on the project?

If you fancy writing a short biographical article about any of the people included in the list, or would like to suggest new additions, please get in touch!

@academicchatter

https://biography.wales/amrywedd

LutherBlissett13 ,
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Suggest changing "people with disabilities" (the medical/eugenic model of viewing disability) to "disabled people" (the social model of disability).

https://www.disabilitywales.org/social-model/

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@StephanieMoore @_bydbach_ @academicchatter

Who produced the idea of "people with disabilities"? People who made a living working for advocacy groups that spoke for disabled people, which however well intentioned, is infantilising and patronising, or groups led by and for disabled people?

Who needed to invent linguistic constructions to remind themselves disabled people were human? The dominant majority of the oppressed minority?

Here's a longer explanation, https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/about-us/disability-in-london/social-model/the-social-model-of-disability-and-the-cultural-model-of-deafness/

Thank you for the compliment that you find my argument odd. If the positions were different and I was telling you your ideas about sexism and lived experience were odd and confusing, I would consider my behaviour patronising.

I wish you many more encounters with disabled people who challenge your implicit bias from a position of power.

MikeDunnAuthor , to bookstadon group
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Today in Labor History September 1, 1880: The utopian communistic Oneida Community ended after 32 years. The Community was founded by John Humphrey Noyes and his followers in 1848 near Oneida, New York. They believed that Jesus had already returned in AD 70, allowing them to bring about Jesus's millennial kingdom themselves. The Community practiced communalism (holding all property and possessions in common). They also practiced complex marriage, where 3 or more people could enter into the same marriage, and male sexual continence, where the male’s goal was to not ejaculate during sex. They were also one of the first groups in the U.S. to practice mutual criticism, to root out bad characteristics in people, something adopted by many later cults, and even by Cesar Chavez and the UFW under his leadership.

The Oneida Community has been portrayed in numerous works of fiction such as “Silken Strands,” by Rebecca May Hope (2019). “Assassination Vacation,” by Sarah Vowell (2005) and “Pagan House,” by David Flusfeder (2007).

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LutherBlissett13 ,
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There's a good book about the history of communalism that includes Oneida by Kenneth Rexroth.

https://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/communalism.htm

MikeDunnAuthor , to bookstadon group
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Today in Labor History August 18, 1812: Lady Ludd led the Luddite Corn Market riot of women and boys in Leeds, England. Luddites also rioted in Sheffield against flour and meal sellers. England was suffering huge food shortages and inflation at the time, in part because of the War of 1812, which had started in June, and the ongoing Napoleonic wars. Additionally, new technological innovations were allowing mill owners to replace many of their employees with machines. In response, Luddites would destroy looms and other equipment. To try and get control over these worker outrages, the British authorities made illegal oath-taking punishable by death in July 1812. And they also empowered magistrates to forcibly enter private homes to search for weapons. They also stationed thousands of troops in areas where rioting and looting had occurred over the summer.

“Shirley” (1849), Charlotte Bronte’s second novel, takes place in Yorkshire, 1811-1812, during the Luddite uprisings. It was originally published under the pseudonym, Currer Bell. The novel opens with a ruthless mill owner waiting for the delivery of new, cost-saving equipment that will allow him to fire many of his workers, but Luddites destroy the equipment before it reaches him. As a result of the novel’s popularity, Shirley became a popular female name. Prior to this, it was mostly a male name.

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