Labor: 1913

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Yuba County sheriff and deputies try to break up a rally of hop pickers led by IWW organizers Blackie Ford and Herman Suhr to protest the squalid, dangerous, and unfair conditions on the Ralph Durst ranch in Wheatland. A riot ensures and two workers, a district attorney, and sheriff’s deputy are killed. Ford and Suhr are convicted of second-degree murder. After a statewide campaign to free them, both are released from prison in 1926.

See a documentary excerpt about the Wheatland incident: