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Britain's child slaves: They started at 4am, lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. Yet, says a new book, their misery helped forge Britain

Impoverished: Children who worked were subject to appalling conditions. Many who worked died before they reached 25

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Songsheet of 'The March of the Women', 1911. Songsheet in the suffragette colours of purple, green and white, showing women and children marching with the banner of the Women's Social and Political Union, demanding votes for women. This anthem was written by Ethel Smyth in 1911 and was dedicated to Emmeline Pankhurst, a leading campaigner in the suffragette movement.

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May 1 - In the former Soviet Union, 1 May was International Workers' Day and was celebrated with huge parades in cities like Moscow. Though the celebrations are low-key nowadays, several groups march on that day to protest grievances the workers have

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Soviet poster: intellectuals, proletarians, peasants. "Honour and glory to the heroic working class, collective farmers and the people's intelligentsia"

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Ten suffragettes advertising the Women's Social and Political Union, from a boat on the Thames, June 1908. The women are wearing 'Votes for Women' sashes and hats held in place with 'Votes for Women' silk scarves.

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Alexandra Kollontai was a Russian revolutionary and one of the main leaders of the Bolshevik Party during the Russian Revolution of 1917.

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wow. I just couldn't stop looking at this picture. These are hard working women from a cotton mill in the year 1909.

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There wasn't always an 8 hour workday. That was fought for by unions for American workers. Support union by buying union, visit labor411.org

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