THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 12, 1912: Bread and Roses Strike is Successful

Singing Strike 1912 | Zinn Education Project

On March 12, 1912, most of the demands of labor unions were met in the 1912 Lawrence textile strike. This was an historic strike that united workers across many traditional barriers including language, nationality, gender, and age.

Labor leader Eugene Debs said:

The victory at Lawrence, one of the most decisive and far-reaching ever won by organized workers, demonstrated the power and invincibility of industrial unity backed by political solidarity.

While workers returned to the mills, the campaign continued to free Joseph James Ettor, Arturo Giovannitti, and Joseph Caruso who had been arrested during the strike. (They were acquitted on Nov. 26, 1912.)


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