The 1912 Bread and Roses Strike
March 20, 2012
In January 1912, textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, launched an explosive eight-week strike that popularized the slogan "Bread and Roses.” The strikers’ victory led to improved working conditions and higher wages for more than 150,000 semi-skilled workers in the New England textile industry. Join Robert Forrant, Professor of Economic and Social Development at UMass Lowell, and James Green, Professor of History at UMass Boston, as they discuss the consequences of the strike in the city of Lawrence and on the strike’s participants, many of whom were immigrants, and more than half of whom were women. Panelists will also debate the strike’s enduring legacy and how contemporary labor practices and policies reflect the victories won almost one hundred years ago.