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How Huntington Beach Shamefully Silenced Eugene Debs After Labor Day

Leading up to Labor Day 1923, Huntington Beach sought to become the workers’ capital of Orange County. The oil town readied to host a major celebration, expecting to draw 10,000 revelers to an event double-billed as the opening of Ocean Boulevard. The Huntington Beach News reported that working people would have the honor of being the first to use the highway, hyping the occasion as “one of the great events which will make history for the city.”

But the illusion of labor peace didn’t last long.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:


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