“Not only do [the employers] have the pricing pressure, but they have a labour force that's prone to being exploited.
They're using that, taking advantage of these workers.” For two decades, garment factories, most clustered in Los Angeles, have produced clothing for some of America's leading retailers, who have kept production in the US to avoid transportation time and costs and to benefit from higher quality manufacturing processes.
Its structure has stayed the same since its first known appearance at one of the earliest Phish shows, 12/1/84 at Nectar’s.
The song’s early prominence suggests it was just the thing for a young band to handle in trying to hone their chops and find their style.
“It’s almost been a perfect storm for the garment industry,” said Ruben Rosalez, a regional administrator at the Department of Labour’s wage and hour division, based in San Francisco.
A warhorse set-closer with a glorious closing four-chord jam that is the musical equivalent of the sun slowly rising over the tree line, “Slave to the Traffic Light” is one of the oldest original compositions in the Phish repertoire.
Trey has said that he wrote the song as soon as he learned to play an ‘A’ chord on guitar, and its blissful major-chord simplicity is a huge contrast to the knottier, orchestrated numbers Trey would be writing as early as 19 (e.g., “YEM,” “Curtain With” and “Bowie”).
In the latter vein, “9 Facts About Slavery They Don’t Want You to Know” lays out a mixture of true, false and misleading historical claims. Anthony Johnson was not the first slave owner in American history, but he was, according to historians, among the first to have his lifetime ownership of a servant legally sanctioned by a court.
We’ll address each one in turn below: The first legal slave owner in American history was a black tobacco farmer named Anthony Johnson. A former indentured servant himself, Anthony Johnson was a “free negro” who owned a 250-acre farm in Virginia during the 1650s, with five indentured servants under contract to him.