Magazine article Mother Jones

A People’s History

Magazine article Mother Jones

A People’s History

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Historical plaques aren't just for straight white guys anymore. President Barack Obama designated a record 34 new national monuments under the Antiquities Act, many devoted to revolutionary social and political moments that the Park Service had long neglected. Here are a few spots to check out on your road trips this summer.

Women's rights: Located in a 200-year-old house just down the street from the Capitol are the offices of suffragette Alice Paul's National Woman's Party, which, in addition to press ing its founder's cause, was on the front lines in the fights for the Equal Rights Amendment and for the inclusion of women in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Workers' rights: Southern California's César E. Chávez National Monument tells the story of the United Farm Workers' 1970s campaign to organize Latino laborers. The Pullman National Monument on Chicago's far South Side commemorates a manufacturing center that employed thousands of black workers- and the bloody strike that occurred there in 1894. …

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