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After strike by American Railway Union was crushed by U.S. Military

March 16, 2010

“We have only got a number, and a limited number, of poorly paid men in our organization, and when their incomes ceases they are starving.  We have no power of the Government behind us.  We have no recognized influence in society on our side…..On the other side,  the corporations are in perfect alliance; they have all the things that money can command, and that means a subsidized press, that they are able to control the newspapers, and means a false or vitiated public opinion.  The clergy almost steadily united in thundering their denunciations; then the courts, then the State militia, then the Federal troops; everything and all things on the side of the corporations.

—-Eugene Debs, 1894

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