How Did Immigrant Textile Workers Struggle
to Achieve an American Standard of Living?
The 1912 Strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Abstract

      In the early twentieth century, Lawrence, Massachusetts was the leading woolen textile factory town in the nation. There, in January 1912, more than 20,000 factory operatives--who were predominantly foreign-born--went on strike to protest wage cuts. This project documents the role of women in the strike and shows how striking immigrant workers struggled successfully against the combined forces of mill management, local police, and state militia.

         
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