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?
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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