Description: AFL-CIO United Farm Workers demonstration in Columbus, Ohio, ca. 1973. The UFW called for boycotts of grapes and lettuce after disputes over expiring contracts without elections. This photograph was taken by a photographer for publication in the Columbus Free Press newspaper.
The Columbus Free Press began as a bi-weekly publication in Columbus, Ohio, in 1970. An underground newspaper, it replaced the Ohio State University publication The People, Yes. The earliest known issue of the newspaper appeared on January 4, 1971. The newspaper underwent a series of name changes over the decades, with titles including the Columbus Free Press & Cowtown Times (1972-1976), the Columbus Freepress (1976-1992) and The Free Press (1992-1995). The paper, which covered many liberal and progressive causes, was an alternative to mainstream news sources in central Ohio with the slogan “The Other Side of the News.”
In 1995, the paper ceased publication briefly before reemerging as a website in early 1996, and returning as a print publication under the Free Press title in the form of a quarterly journal in 1998. Published under various frequencies during the first part of the 21st century, the Free Press again became a nonprofit monthly publication in 2017 with both a print and web presence, published by the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism and operated by a volunteer staff and board.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05845 Subjects: Demonstrations; Protests and protestors; Labor unions--Ohio; Ohio Economy--Economy--Labor; Strikes Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
Description: A sketch of Union Furnace in Lawrence County, done by Henry Howe in 1847. Lawrence County is part of an area known as "Hanging Rock Iron Region," which includes parts of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The area was known for its abundance of high quality ores and minerals. Former slave owner and eventual abolitionist John Means built the first iron blast furnace north of the Ohio River during the early 1820s. It was known as the Union Furnace and was located near the city of Ironton. This image is taken from "Historical Collections of Ohio," by Henry Howe, 1847. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL04052 Subjects: Furnaces; Ohio Economy--Economy--Labor; Lawrence County (Ohio); Hanging Rock Iron Region (Ohio)--History Places: Lawrence County (Ohio)
Buckeye Steel Castings lining ladle with cement gunSave
Description: This photo depicts the lining of a ladle with a cement gun in the Buckeye Steel Castings taken on June 15, 1917. The Buckeye Steel Castings Company began producing iron castings in Columbus, Ohio, in 1881. It was not until it shifted to automatic steel railroad car couplers that the company exploded. By 1916, Buckeye Steel Castings claimed to be "the largest steel foundry in the world" to produce steel castings for railroads. Samuel Bush, President George Bush's grandfather, was president of Buckeye Steel during this time period.
The Buckeye Steel Castings Company closed its doors due to insufficient capital in the early 2000s. A new firm purchased the company and renamed it Columbus Steel Castings Company. This company continues to manufacture railroad-car undercarriages. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL04084 Subjects: Franklin County (Ohio); Ohio Economy--Economy--Labor; Business enterprises--Ohio--Columbus; Railroads; Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
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