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The 1912 United States Presidential election was held on Nov. 5, 1912 was a four-man contest, between Republican incumbent William Henry Taft, Democrat Woodrow Wilson, Progressive ("Bull Moose") Theodore Roosevelt, and Socialist Eugene V.…

The Philippine-American war took place between the years of 1899 and 1902, only months after the Spanish-American war had just concluded. With there being almost a total of 25,000 military casualties from both sides and nearly 200,000 civilian…

Jane Addams was the featured speaker at the 53rd quarterly convocation of the University of Chicago, and event highlighted by a donation of over $300,000 to the University by John D. Rockefeller. Professor Ettore Pais of Naples was awarded an…
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Antracite coal miners in Philadelphia went on strike in 1902 in an attempt to get better pay, better hours, better conditions, and industry recognition of the union. The owners were initially inflexible in considering the union's demands until…

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition also known as the St. Louis World Fair took place in 1904. With 62 countries and 43 of the 45 states at the time exhibiting novel technologies and architecture among other things, the exposition was one of the…

13th Universal Peace Congress, held in Boston.
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The First Universal Races Congress of 1911 took place over four days from July 26-29 at the University of London. The conference was attended by such civil rights advocates as W.E.B. Du Bois, Felix Adler, and, co-founder of the NAACP, Mary White…

The Illinois Conference of Charities and Corrections spanned three days from October 9-11, 1907 in Jacksonville, IL. The President of the Conferences was Dr. Frank P. Norbury of Jacksonville.
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The "Averbuch Incident" occured on March 2, 1908. On this day, a Jewish boy, Lazarus Averbuch, was shot by Chicago police officer George Shippy. Averbuch, Shippy claimed, had asked for him at his home as an anarchist intent to kill the officer. …
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The Chicago stockyard strike began when 18,000 workers of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America walked off the job. The union demanded a minimum wage of 18 ½ cents per hour for all classes of workers, yearly contracts, and…

The Chicago Teamsters’ Strike was a strike led by the United Brotherhood of Teamsters’ (a labor union) that took place during the months of April through July in 1905. The strike took place in response to Chicago employers’ efforts to slander the…
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The National Arbitration and Peace Congress was held in New York City's Carnegie Hall from April 14-17. It was attended by Jane Addams and Lillian Wald, among others. Its aims included the promotion of the abolition of war to settle international…

The second National Peace Congress took place in Chicago from May 2 - May 5, 1909.
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In October 1908, the Russian Consul in Chicago had requested the extradiction of Christian Rudowitz to Russia to face charges of murder, burglary, robbery, and larceny. Local authorities arrested him and held him at the Cook County Jail. The…

The Haymarket Riot took place on March 4th, 1886 near Chicago’s Haymarket Square. The riot was coordinated by labor workers in order to protest the injuring of other workers (by the police) that took place during a strike the day prior. With nearly…
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The Chicago Industrial Exhibit was held at the Brooke Casino between March 11th and March 17th, 1907. The exhibit highlighted the poor conditions under which women laborers worked in the sweating system, through displaying “reproduction of shops with…

The National American Women Suffrage Convention of 1907 took place at the Palmer house in Chicago, between the days of February 14th and February 19th. During the convention, 50 women delegates from different states convened in order to discuss…

The first National Convention of the Progressive Party took place on August 5th of 1912 at the Chicago Coliseum. The convention, held by supporters of Theodore Roosevelt, was created as a platform to allow the party’s presidential nominee, Theodore…
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The 1910 Garment Workers' Strike in Chicago began in the Hart, Schaffner, and Marx firm when 16 women walked out on their jobs. Although work hours, wages, and working conditions were deplorable, the women could not stand for the implementation of a…