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Author Watson, Bruce, 1953-

Title Bread and roses : mills, migrants, and the struggle for the American dream / Bruce Watson.

Imprint New York : Viking, 2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Rosen  331.892877 W331b 2005    ---  Lib Use Only
Description 337 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-337) and index.
Contents For two hours' pay -- Immigrant city -- The battle of the Merrimack -- Stars, stripes, and bayonets -- Dynamite -- Spinning out of control -- A nation divided -- The children's exodus -- Crackdown -- In Congress, 1912 -- An American tapestry -- "The flag of liberty is here."
Summary 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.
Subject Strikes and lockouts -- Textile industry -- Massachusetts -- Lawrence -- History.
Strikes and lockouts -- Textile industry. (OCoLC)fst01135262
Massachusetts -- Lawrence. (OCoLC)fst01204257
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0670033979

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