Southborough Library to host talk on Bread & Roses mill strike – Thursday

Above: Standoff between Massachusetts militiamen and striking workers in Lawerence, MA (via Wikipedia)

One hundred years ago this winter, more than twenty thousand immigrant workers at textile mills in Lawrence, MA went on strike over low wages and unfair working conditions. This week the Southborough Library will host a discussion on the 8-week strike and its role in the emerging labor movement of the early 20th century. Here are the details:

Professor Robert Forrant, PhD., Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, will present a talk and slide presentation on this historic millworkers strike that brought national attention to the low pay and deplorable conditions for many of our nation’s immigrants in Massachusetts’ textile mills in the early part of the 20th century. Professor Forrant is Chair of the Bread & Roses Centennial Steering Committee, a cooperative effort of UMass Lowell, the Lawrence History Center and the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee.

The talk at the Southborough Library on Thursday, February 23 is free and open to the public. No registration required. Call the Library at 508.485.5031 for more information about this or any other program at the Library.

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