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1999: WTO -- HistoryLink webcam of protests and a slideshow of each day (November 30-December 3), Seattle

This file presents a portion of HistoryLink.org's webcam of WTO protests in Seattle (November 30-December 3, 1999) and a slideshow showing images from every day of that historic event. The webcam was ...

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AFM Seattle Local 493 (1918-1958), "Negro Musicians' Union"

Today's labor union for Seattle's professional musicians is the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 76-493, and that numerically cumbersome name reflects perfectly the organization's tangled ...

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Battling Union Busters with Gary Ewing (1942-2000)

Gary Ewing (1942-2000) died on October 5, 2000, one week past his 58th birthday. This extraordinary, courageous, funny man was a passionate champion of working people and a loyal friend of many. Gary ...

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Beck, Dave (1894-1993)

Dave Beck was a key leader of the Teamster's Union on the West Coast for some 40 years, from the late 1920s to the early 1960s. He moved to Seattle at age 4 and began his career as a child delivering ...

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Bennie Paris recalls 39 years at Seattle City Light

Bennie Paris worked for City Light for 39 years, beginning as a clerk in September 1956 and (with about three years out to have children) retiring as Senior Finance Analyst in January 1998. This file ...

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Bill Newby and Seattle City Light's Skagit Hydroelectric Project, 1935-1996

Bill Newby (b. 1935) was born in the Seattle City Light community of Newhalem on the Skagit River. He worked for City Light starting in 1955 as a laborer, digging ditches. He retired in 1996 as Direct...

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Boeing Machinists Strike, 1948

On April 22, 1948, the Aeronautical Machinists Union, IAM District Lodge 751, struck the Boeing Company. William Allen was then president of Boeing. For the Machinists the issues were preserving longs...

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Bone, Homer Truett (1883-1970)

Homer T. Bone, a Democratic senator representing Washington in the United States Congress (1932-1944) and later a Judge in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1944-1956), has been dubbed...

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Builders of Classic Boats, Lake Union (Seattle)

The opening of Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1917 spurred the development on Lake Union of a number of boat-building yards that for more than 40 years used traditional methods and materials ...

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Campbell, John E. (1880-1924)

John E. Campbell of Everett served as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives in the 1909 and 1911 sessions. He was elected to the state Senate in 1912, representing the 38th Distri...

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Capitol Hill and the Movement: Dotty Decoster Remembers

This is an excerpt from a HistoryLink interview by Heather MacIntosh with Dotty DeCoster in April 2000. DeCoster was an outspoken member of the Women's Movement in the late 1960s and 1970s in Seattle....

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Chicano Movement in Washington: Political Activism in the Puget Sound and Yakima Valley Regions, 1960s-1980s

In the late 1960s, the Mexican-American civil rights movement flourished throughout the United States, in 1967 making its presence known in Washington's Yakima Valley. A dramatic shift occurred in the...

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Chinese Americans

Chinese immigrants played a critical role in the development of Washington Territory and of Seattle. By 1880, more than 3,000 Chinese lived in Washington Territory and worked in various industries.

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Chinese Workers in the San Juan Islands

In the late nineteenth century a few Chinese immigrants found work in the San Juan Islands in domestic service, on farms, or in mining and logging camps, but most Chinese laborers came to the islands ...

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Coal Miners' Picnic

Through the middle of the twentieth century, when hundreds of coal miners worked the coal mines of eastern King and Pierce counties, the annual Coal Miners' Picnic was a highlight of the summer for mi...

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Deep-draft Ports of Washington

Of Washington's 75 public port districts, only 11 -- the ports of Seattle, Grays Harbor, Vancouver, Everett, Tacoma, Bellingham, Kalama, Longview, Olympia, Port Angeles, and Anacortes -- have deep-dra...

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Dore, John Francis (1881-1938)

John Francis Dore served as Mayor of Seattle twice during the Great Depression. He entered office a staunch advocate of fiscal economy (budget cuts), but he lost reelection after he alienated the unem...

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Everett Massacre (1916)

The Everett Massacre of Sunday, November 5, 1916, has been called the bloodiest labor confrontation in Northwest history. On that day a group of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), also known as Wo...

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Fanning the Flames: Northwest Labor Song Traditions

Political and social movements have long used music to draw attention to their causes and to rally the spirits of their members. The effectiveness of this tactic is well understood by rulers and robbe...

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Filipino Cannery Workers

As early as the 1920s, Filipinos from Seattle were contracted to work in Alaskan canneries. Later efforts at reform of contracting practices led to assassinations of Filipino union organizers in the 1...

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Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley (1890-1964)

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was a Socialist activist in the Spokane Free Speech fight that began in October 1909. The free speech movement was an action by members of the Industrial Workers of the World (I...

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Group Health 1974: A Ward Clerk's Story

This is a first person account reprinted from From the Ground Up: A Seattle Feminist Newspaper, June 1974. In it, Helen Dunn describes the inequities and gender politics of hospital work in the mid-19...

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Group Health Cooperative, Part 5: Reform and Renewal, 1981-1990

The health care visionaries who founded Group Health Cooperative in Seattle in 1945 were activists in the farmers' grange movement, the union movement, and the consumer cooperative movement. Their ins...

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Group Health Cooperative, Part 6: Marriages and Divorces, 1991-2000

The health care visionaries who founded Group Health Cooperative in Seattle in 1945 were activists in the farmers' grange movement, the union movement, and the consumer cooperative movement. Their ins...

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