This Day in History

Oct. 15, 1914: Clayton Antitrust Act Enacted

Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Economics, Labor

The Clayton Antitrust Act sought to end practices that limited competition throughout the economy. This act was one of the first which acknowledged unions, and contains the clause that “the labor of a human being is not a commodity,” thus making clear that unions are not trusts or monopolies. In addition the act legalized peaceful strikes, picketing, and boycotts.

Piedmont Leaf Protest | Zinn Education Project

Protest at Piedmont Leaf Tobacco Company, 1946.

Here are some resources to teach about labor history.Special thanks to the Michigan Labor History Society for highlighting this anniversary.