Monday, January 11, 2016

Today -100: January 11, 1916: Business is booming

Rep. Dorsey Shackleford (D-Missouri), attacks American munitions manufacturer “Tories” who support “preparedness” in order to pad their pockets, noting that Du Pont’s stock is 8 times as high as it was in 1914. Du Pont, by the way, experiences two explosions at its Wilmington plant, following the one in New Jersey yesterday.

Thomas Flynn, an American Federation of Labor organizer, says the East Youngstown strike+riot+arson+looting was actually a scheme by the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, which he says brought in “paid sluggers” and gunmen to kick things off in order to depress its own stock value to facilitate a merger they were pushing.

Woodrow Wilson tells the president of the National Negro Democratic League that he won’t appoint a negro to the post of recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia, a position traditionally held by negroes. “The President said he would like to appoint a negro...” Suuuuure he would. “...but he understood that it would precipitate a discussion of the race question in the Senate.” And we can’t have that.

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