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During the mid-1920s, New England textile workers faced pay cuts, stretchouts, and speedups. In 1928, New Bedford operatives shattered the industry's deceptive calm with an explosive six-month, strike against a 10% pay cut.
Georgianna and Aaronson capture the strikers' courage, their determination, and their vitality in a beautiful book packed with over 200 graphics. The pictures of soup lines, mass meetings, pickets, and factory scenes plus excerpts from more than 50 interviews make this a powerful and engaging local history.
The strike was a complex dispute involving craft unionists, semi-skilled new immigrants, radical organizers, civic leaders worried about …