Thursday, May 26, 2011

On May 26

On this day in ...
... 1988, Elaine Black Yoneda (right) died from a heart attack in San Francisco. She'd been born Rose Elaine Buchman 81 years earlier in Connecticut, and she grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, " in a strongly pro-labor (and non-religious) environment." Her parents had met while child workers in a match factory in Russia. The family moved to Southern California in the 1920s. Eventually she joined the Communist Party and became active in labor unions. (photo credit) She "was the only woman on the steering committee of the 1934 San Francisco general strike" about which we earlier posted. On account of her militancy she was known variously as ''the Red Angel'' and as ''Tiger Woman.''

(Prior May 26 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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