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Before Occupy Wall Street: American protests

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United Farm Workers President Cesar Chavez (c.) leads a band of picketers at a busy intersection near the Golden Gate Bridge, urging a boycott of lettuce produced by a major Salinas Valley grower, in San Francisco on Nov. 8, 1979. The first local trade unions of men in the United States formed in the late 18th century, and women began organizing in the 1820s.

PHOTO: Jack Holper/UPI/File

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