Mozart was among the top income earners of society back in his day and lived lavishly, earning about 10,000 florins/yr vs 25 fl/yr for laborers and ~500 for some in the upper class. He was also not buried in a pauper’s grave, just that only Aristocrats were allowed to have private burials. biography.com/news/mozart…
Child labor in the United States was largely ended by a photographer named Lewis Wickes Hine. He took child laborers photos at eye level to humanize and personalize each child. He captured nearly identical pictures across the country to show lawmakers this was a systemic problem. youtu.be/ddiOJLuu2mo
The European aristocracy passed "Sumptuary Laws" in response to the increasing power of laborers dictating things like what colors they could wear and what they were allowed to eat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
Henry Ford allowed injured laborers to continue work from their hospital beds; screwing nuts on small bolts without getting out of bed. It was optional, but allowed employees to receive their normal salary while hospitalized. Ford believed the work to hasten their recovery. henry-ford.net/english/fa…
The pyramids weren't built by slaves, but a complex system of voluntary, privileged laborers. harvardmagazine.com/2003/…
The legendary "Dambusters" bombing raids on German dams during WWII resulted in the deaths of about 1650 people (with over a thousand being POWs and forced-laborers), but was no more than a minor inconvenience to the Germany's industrial output. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
There are North Korean Forced Laborers in Poland working in shipyards, some even work on EU/NATO warships. youtube.com/watch?v=SPjKs…
At Area 51 Loads of paints and solvents used to make the Stealth bomber and other classified aircraft were set on fire in trenches causing clouds of poisonous smoke for laborers. The smoke resulted in respiratory illness, cancers and rashes. The official response was nothing happened at Area 51 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are…
The first recorded Chinese person in Denver was of a man from southern China named "John" dated June 29, 1869. By 1880, a riot had virtually destroyed Chinatown, mainly caused by whites who feared their jobs would be taken by the laborers who moved from California en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Unethical & murderous actions of former Nazis were wiped clean because they created the Apollo 11 Rocket. This is a video of interviews with former Nazi Rocket Factory Slave Laborer, and 2 Nazis (later retired NASA) who worked there. youtube.com/watch?v=xTlgU…
Today I learned about "Mop Fairs", or hiring fairs that were held in post-Plague Britian. Laborers would carry tools to advertise their trade, and seek employment on one-year contracts. Some of these fairs continue today, as carnivals and local social events. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
Snake oil was introduced to the US by Chinese laborers who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad. Derived from the Chinese water snake, snake oil was rich in the omega-3 acids that help reduce inflammation and was quite effective, especially when used to treat arthritis and bursitis. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
Slave laborers making tanks for Nazi Germany routinely sabotaged every part they could, and this caused German tanks to be extremely prone to breaking down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Henry VIII forbid the reading of the Bible in English by "women, artificers, apprentices, journeymen, serving-men of the rank of yeoman and under, husbandmen and laborers" historyofinformation.com/…
The pyramids were built not by slaves, but by well–fed, skilled laborers, who were given proper housing and living quarters. harvardmagazine.com/2003/…
Abraham Lee Shakespeare was an American casual laborer who won a $30 million lottery jackpot, receiving $17 million in 2006. In 2009, his family declared him missing, and in January 2010 his body was found buried under a concrete slab in the backyard of an acquaintance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
In 1951 Guatemalan president Jacobo Árbenz carried out an agrarian reform under which uncultivated portions of large land-holdings were expropriated in return for compensation and redistributed to poverty-stricken agricultural laborers. The US disliked this and the CIA engineered a coup d'etat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Today I learned of the lynching of Sam Hose, a black laborer who killed his white employer in self-defense. He was mutilated, then burned alive. On seeing Hose's body parts for sale in local shops as souvenirs, WEB Du Bois changed his view of lynchers as an anomaly among white people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
When Alaric I, the king who toppled Rome died, a river's course was temporarily changed to bury him. Once completed the river was returned to normal and the laborers were killed to hide it. wikivividly.com/wiki/Alar…
Many trenches in WWI were dug by Chinese laborers and their contribution remained forgotten for decades. In all, about 140,000 men served for both British and French forces en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Spanish Flu may have originated in northern China and spread to the United States and Europe through Chinese laborers transported to assist in World War One. history.com/news/china-ep…
From 1911 to 1933, 166 patients, mostly women and girls, left Rosewood under habeas corpus writs to be subjected to human trafficking, bought by the rich as indentured servants and unpaid laborers slate.com/technology/2014…
Apple Inc. excused their use of child labor in deadly conditions in Indonesia by claiming the child laborers would be worse off if Apple didn't hire them, and that not hiring them "would do nothing to improve the situation." bbc.com/news/business-305…
The pyramids were built not by slaves, but by well–fed, skilled laborers, who were given proper housing and living quarters harvardmagazine.com/2003/…
In 1869, Chinese and Irish laborers working on the Central Pacific Railway managed to lay down 10 miles of tracks in just one day. This accomplishment has not been matched even in modern times. web.stanford.edu/group/ch…
The man-made Kunming Lake is 9.5 times larger than Versaille's Grand Canal at 2.2 sq/km. The artificial lake was built inside China's Summer Palace by 10,000 laborers between 1750 and 1764. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kun…
There is a highway in Russia known as the Road of Bones, as the skeletons of the forced laborers who died during its construction were used in much of its foundations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R50…
The worst mining disaster in history, killing 1,549 miners, happened in 1942 in the Benxihu Colliery when Japanese administrators of a mine using forced labor in China cut off the ventilation, trapping 1,518 Chinese laborers and 31 Japanese administrators to die of burns or suffocate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Although in the 1870s decompression sickness (called Caisson disease at the time) was suspected by physicians to be caused by a buildup of inert gasses in blood when exposed to air at high ambient pressure, laborers were largely treated with mandatory rest and copious amounts of beef tea. archive.rubicon-foundatio…
The University of South Africa found 18% of laborers believe in the virgin cleansing myth for HIV infections en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Today I learned of North Korean forced laborers in Poland, who spend there couple years in seclusion and without contact with their families, while most of their earnings goes to North Korean regime. They work in construction, shipbuilding and agriculture news.vice.com/article/cas…
A Soviet coal miner named Alexey Stakhanov reportedly mined 227 tons of coal in a single shift and was campaigned as the greatest laborer of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Abraham Shakespeare was a day laborer who won a $30 million lottery 2006. In 2009, his family declared him missing, and in January 2010 his estate was penniless and his body was found buried under a concrete slab. Before going missing he told his brother "I'd have been better off broke." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
The laborers building the Pyramids of Giza were not slaves, but rather paid shiftworkers that took great pride in their work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
South Africa was largely responsible for the global prohibition of Marijuana in 1925, based on one British doctors racist opinion from 1908 of how it affected Hindu laborers. youtube.com/watch?v=lG4WT…
There was once a contractor named Hoosier employed on the Louisville and Portland Canal who preferred to hire laborers from Indiana. They were called "Hoosier's men" and eventually all Indianans were called Hoosiers. in.gov/history/2612.htm
Hugo Boss founded his company in 1924, ten years later advertising that he had been a "supplier for National Socialist uniforms since 1924", eventually used POW's and forced laborers for mass production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
The word "Chow" comes from the Chinese word for "fry or cook" heard frequently amongst Chinese laborers in California at meal time. tutormandarin.net/en/word…
The City Wall of Nanjing was among the largest city walls ever constructed in China. It took 21 years to complete, used 200,000 laborers to move 7 million cubic metres of earthand was also the longest city wall in the world until the 17th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
Before the Emancipation Proclamation, Union commanders effectively "freed" Southern slaves they encountered by declaring them "contraband" and seizing them. The slaves were employed as non-combat laborers and given a wage and rations, and many later enlisted as soldiers in the Union Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Andre the Giant dropped out of school after 8th grade, expecting to be a farm laborer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Railways had existed as early as Ancient Greece. Up until the early 19th century, trains on such rails were hauled by horses or laborers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
The German word for a worker or laborer ("Arbeiter") has made its way into Japanese as "arubaito". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Thomas Jefferson believed that unlimited expansion of commerce and industry would lead to the growth of a class of wage laborers who relied on others for income and sustenance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
If you purchase chocolate made by Mars, Hershey, or Nestle it is very likely harvested and processed by child laborers/child slaves in West Africa en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
Today I learned about history of Hoodie. It was first introduced in 1930s and designed for laborers working in freezing temperatures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
The pyramids were built by paid laborers. Not slaves. That's a myth by Herodotus, the Greek historian. ngm.nationalgeographic.co…
In 1938, Comcast co-founder Daniel Aaron's family fled Nazi Germany after his father was imprisoned, and in 1939, his parents committed suicide within a month of each other. Then, in 1944, he was drafted and deployed back to Germany during the slave laborers' liberation from concentration camps. ilctr.org/promoting-immig…
The word 'Robot' was introduced in 1920 in a Czech play, and means 'forced laborer'. In the play, robots are artificial beings that resemble human beings and eventually rebel against them. Isac Asimov created the 3 laws of Robotics (I, Robot) designed specifically to prevent that situation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.U…
The builders of the Giza pyramids weren't slaves--rather they were paid laborers who received 21 cows and 23 sheep daily. Skilled specialists were permanently employed. wikiwand.com/en/Giza_Necr…

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