Bread and Roses Centennial: 1912 – 2012

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

  • Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Organizing | Resource Types: Websites

logoIn 1912, Lawrence, Mass. textile workers launched an explosive eight-week strike that popularized the slogan “Bread and Roses”—dignity and improved conditions as well as higher wages. Their victory made it clear that semi-skilled workers—many of them recent immigrants and nearly half of them women—could organize themselves to improve their conditions.

The Bread and Roses Centennial Committee believes “the year 2012 presents us with an important opportunity to examine this seminal moment in American history. The intent of the centennial is to tell the fascinating story of the strike while also using it as a lens with which we can discuss pertinent issues facing our society today and in the future. This is the central website for the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee.”

The Bread & Roses Centennial Committee, with the Lawrence History Center, has developed the Bread and Roses Centennial Online Exhibit with an illustrated timeline, key people, and historic maps.

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