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Bread & Roses Strike 1912

Over 25 million Italians have emigrated between 1861 and 1960 with a migration boom between 1871 and 1915 when over 13,5 million emigrants left the country for European and overseas destinations.
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Bread & Roses Strike 1912

Postby seabreezes1 » 02 Feb 2012, 00:35

Many of our Italian ancestors were part of the Bread & Roses Strike of 1912. Protesting the terrible conditions and low pay in the Lawrence MA textile mills, these recent immigrants from Italy, Poland, Greece and other European countries took to the street in an exceptional movement. I know my g-g-aunt Caterina Favazza Aluia was a textile worker during this period. I also know my Favazza, Orlando & Lucido cousins working in those mills. Do you know who in your family was there?

See: http://www.lucyparsonsproject.org/iww/k ... roses.html
And: http://breadandrosescentennial.org/
Karen
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Re: Bread & Roses Strike 1912

Postby Biff83 » 02 Feb 2012, 01:54

Thanks for your post and links. And thanks for all the work you've done on the genealogy of folks from Terrasini.

I just finished reading a great account of the strike; it's a book entitled Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants and the Struggle for the American Dream by Bruce Watson.

It's a shame the 100th anniversary of such an important piece of labor and immigrant history has been forgotten by so many. I thought PBS or the History Channel might have aired something to commemorate the strike but no. Maybe they considered the topic too controversial because of the large part the IWW and its leaders Joe Ettor, Arturo Giovannitti, Carlo Tresca, Big Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn played in the strike.

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Re: Bread & Roses Strike 1912

Postby seabreezes1 » 02 Feb 2012, 02:55

Thanks, Biff! You warm my heart. When you're doing this work and publishing it, you really don't know the reach of it..... but my goal was to spread it out, so it wouldn't be lost.

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