Monday, January 21, 2008

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

January 21, 1935. All-white jury at Marked Tree finds organizer Ward H. Rodgers guilty of anarchy for remarks he made in a public speech to integrated audience members of the Southern Tenant Framers' Union urging them to resist exploitation by the planters of eastern Arkansas.

January 21, 1907. Arkansas Supreme Court reverses jury judgment against Patterson Coal Company for damages to United Mine Workers of America union coal miner injured when mine ceiling collapsed. The court found that Patterson failed for a week to provide props as required by law, but the court said that miner's request for the necessary props showed he knew there was a danger and therefore had assumed risk for his own safety.

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