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Learn about the grueling farm labor conditions in the England of the 1830s that led to a group of brave but desperate workers forming the world's first trade union. (An MP3 download is available if the Flash-based player will not work in your browser.)

Many poignant stories exist that document the labor struggle. However, this story is a particularly moving tribute of courage and sacrifice.

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