Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin Labor History Milestones


Read More About It

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


Vocabulary:

masons
bricklayers
wage


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?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about famous strikes in Wisconsin:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    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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