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"In 1880, former slaves demanding better wages launched the first labor strike in Louisiana. After the strike was over, an interesting article appeared in the March 27, 1880, issue of the St. Charles Herald which read, “One of the most pleasing incidents of the late strike troubles was the presentation by the ladies of our modest town of Hahnville to Col. LeGardeur, Major William A. Strong and Major Bourg, of..." Read More


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