Lawrence Strike

The Great Strike -- Lawrence 1912 - Ralph Fasanella Courtesy of Fasanella Estate. Click to enlarge.

One Hundred Years After the Singing Strike
By | February 1, 2012

By Norm Diamond
Today’s Occupy movement is a reminder that throughout U.S. history a major engine of change has been grassroots organizing and solidarity. As an old Industrial Workers of the World song goes:

An injury to one, we say’s an injury to all,
United we’re unbeatable, divided we must fall.
—“Dublin Dan” Liston, The Portland Revolution

Major history textbooks, however, downplay the role of ordinary people in shaping events, especially those who formed labor unions and used the strike to assert their rights. One of the most significant strikes in U.S. history occurred exactly 100 years ago, in the Lawrence, Mass. textile mills, and yet it merits barely a mention in the most widely used U.S. history textbooks.

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Lawrence, 1912: The Singing Strike
By | November 19, 2009

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 18 pages.
Role play on the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass.

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The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States
By | May 27, 2007

Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 1988. 184 pages.
Role plays and writing activities project high school students into real-life situations to explore the history and contemporary reality of employment (and unemployment) in the U.S.

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Students Promote Bread and Roses Strike
By | November 17, 2012

Article and slideshow. 2012.
University of Massachusetts Lowell students study the Bread and Roses Strike and create a poster project, viewable as an online slideshow.

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The Real Bread and Roses Strike Story Missing from Textbooks
By | November 29, 2013

Article. By Robert Forrant. 2013.
The author challenges the common myth that the Bread and Roses Strike was spontaneous.

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The Singing Strike and the Rebel Students: Learning from the Industrial Workers of the World
By | November 8, 2009

Reading for Teachers. By Bill Bigelow. 7 pages.
Author describes how students applied strategies from the Lawrence strike to their own present day activism.

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Bread & Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream
By | February 28, 2012

Book – Non-fiction. By Bruce Watson. 2006. 352 pages. The riveting story of one of the most remarkable strikes in U.S. history.

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Kids on Strike!
By | February 27, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. By Susan Campbell Bartoletti. 2003. Describes the conditions and treatment that drove working children to strike, from the mill workers’ strike in 1834 and the coal strikes at the turn of the century to the children who marched with Mother Jones in 1903.

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Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike
By | September 2, 2013

Book – Non-fiction. By Robert Forrant and Susan Grabski. 2013. 128 pages.
Images, documents, and quotes tell the story of the 1912 landmark strike.

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A People’s History of the United States: 1492 – Present
By | March 1, 2011

Books – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2005. 702 pages.
Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details the lives and facts that are rarely included in textbooks — an indispensable teacher and student resource.

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Bread and Roses, Too
By | December 26, 2005

Book – Fiction. By Katherine Paterson. 2006. 275 pages.
Moving young adult historical-fiction novel based on a major strike in Lawrence, Mass., in 1912.

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Bread and Roses
By | February 22, 2011

Film. Ken Loach. 2001. 106 min.
A compelling, fictionalized account of an actual labor campaign in Los Angeles.

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The Great Strike -- Lawrence 1912 - Ralph Fasanella Courtesy of Fasanella Estate. Click to enlarge.

Bread and Roses
By | March 5, 2011

Song. Reprinted from Labor Notes 2007.
Links issues of economic security and quality of life, also addresses the role of women in the struggle for justice.

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Bread and Roses Centennial: 1912 – 2012
By | October 22, 2011

Website. Comprehensive collection of digitized documents, news, and calendar of events regarding the historic 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass.

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Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 Exhibition
By | July 15, 2013

Website.
Digital photo collection of the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912.

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