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"Bread and Roses, 100 Years On," by Andy Piascik

One of the most prolific strikes in United States history, the Lawrence Textile Strike was a strike of immigrant workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, during January–March 1912, led by the Industrial Workers of the World. The Lawrence strike is often referred to as the "Bread and Roses" strike, (or, "The Strike for Three Loaves").

(Thanks to the great bobby1933 for this History Quiz):

Though 100 years have passed, the Bread and Roses strike resonates as one of the most important in U.S. history. Like many labor conflicts of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the strike was marked by

(a) obscene disparities in wealth and power,
(b) open collusion between the state and business owners,
(c) large-scale violence against unarmed strikers, and
(d) great ingenuity and solidarity on the part of workers.

Which of the above is most likely to be absent in today's economic conflicts?

... See this ZMagazine Article, (also reprinted in the June-July 2012 issue of The Catholic Worker).

Bread and Roses, by James Oppenheim - (The Chawed Rosin)...

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for — but we fight for roses, too!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler — ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses, bread and roses.

bobby1933: "I'm seven months late, but better late than never.
The textile workers strike at Lawrence, Massachusetts
began on January 11, 1912.
The above poem, written a year earlier has been associated with the strike.
Legend says that one of the woman picketers carried a sign that said:
We want bread, and
We want roses, too."
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