Paterson Silk Strike of 1913

Paterson Silk Strike of 1913

The Paterson silk strike of 1913 was a strike of the silk mill workers in Paterson, New Jersey. Led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the strike began on February 1, 1913. The strikers demanded eight-hour work days and improved working conditions.The Samuel Gompers Papers.] During the course of the strike, approximately 1,850 strikers were arrested, including IWW leaders Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Despite the long holdout and fundraising efforts, the strike ended in failure on July 28, 1913.

In an effort to support the strike financially, many artists based out of Greenwich Village, New York, organized a pageant play in which the events of the strike were reenacted. The pageant was held at Madison Square Gardens, and despite drawing a large crowd, it did not raise enough money to change the outcome of the strike.

The strike was featured in the 1981 film "Reds". It is commemorated today at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon, New Jersey, which served as a rallying point during the strike. [cite web
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References

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Further reading

* Tripp, Anne Huber, "The IWW and the Patterson Silk Strike of 1913", 1987, University of Illinois Press

External links

* [http://www.geocities.com/labormuseum/ American Labor Museum, Botto House National Landmark, official site]

* [http://www.fieldtrip.com/nj/15957953.htm American Labor Museum, Botto House]


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