09/03/2012 11:57 am ET

Michigan Labor History: Organizing In Tough Times

On October 24, 1929, a day known as "Black Thursday," the New York Stock Exchange crashed and the prosperity of the 1920s reached its end. No state suffered more than Michigan during the Great Depression.

By 1932, factories had shut down and more than 40 percent of the workers in Michigan's major cities were unemployed. About 30 percent of Michigan's population left the state in search for work.

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