Letter from the Strike Committee – Lawrence, Massachusetts (1912)

1840-1945, Date, Disruptive Spaces, Strike, Subjectives of Refusal, Tactics of Disruption, The Workplace, Workers

This letter is from the striking textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. It is written to the president of the  American Woolen Co. William M. Wood. The letter explains that workers can no longer bear the working conditions and will not be pushed back into submission. It also provides a list of demands.

“We, the committee, would like to know if the militia, the special policemen, and the Pinkerton detectives, recently brought into this city, know anything about the textile industry except to bayonet and club honest workingmen into submission?”