Bread and Roses

Bread and Roses

Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream

Book - 2005
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The 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts was a watershed moment in labor history as significant as the Haymarket bombing in Chicago and the Triangle fire in New York. In a history with the narrative drive of a novel, journalist Watson provides the first full-length account of the strike that began when textile workers stormed out of the mills on a frigid January day. Despite owners' predictions to the contrary, the walkout soon became a protracted Dickensian drama that included 23,000 strikers from fifty-one nations singing as they paraded through Lawrence, bayonet-toting militiamen patrolling the streets, and the daring evacuation of the strikers' tattered and hungry children to Manhattan, where they lived with strangers and wrote loving letters to their parents on the picket line.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2005
ISBN: 9780670033973
Branch Call Number: 331.89 Watson
Characteristics: 337 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Bread & roses


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