Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today -100: August 17, 1911: Of poultry trusts and silence

13 members of the “Poultry Trust” are sentenced to 3 months in prison (and fines) for conspiracy. The judge told the defendants, “your control of the poultry business was not alone absolute, but despotic.”

The Cherokees plan to sue the US government for $25 million, the value of Cherokee land given to freed black slaves (that is, slaves owned by Cherokees who were given tribal properties to punish the Cherokees for joining the Confederacy) and to whites who married into the tribe.

The first black cop hired by the NYPD, Samuel Battle, is being given the silent treatment by his fellow cops and excluded from their reindeer games.

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