Wisconsin History Day By Day

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"The Labor Movement in Wisconsin: A History" by Robert Ozanne



Interesting Fact:

The first modern trade union in the country was formed in Milwaukee in 1865.

Study Questions:

  • What was the result of the strike?
  • What are some of the well-known strikes in Wisconsin history?
  • In 1847, what were the costs of housing, food and clothing?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 23:

    1912: American dancer Gene Kelly is born.

  • August 23

    August 23, 1847: The first strike in Milwaukee took place when 40 masons and bricklayers stopped work to demand a daily wage increase from $1.50 to $1.75.

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