This talk is a collaboration between Michelle Abrams - Craig W.C. Brown Curator of the Veteran’s Association of the First Corps of Cadets Headquarters and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts and Cassandra Peltier, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace.
The speakers will address the historical and social climates which prompted demonstrations like the 1912 Lawrence Textile Mill strike, the social progress prompted by these strikes, and the lasting legacy of women’s strength resulting from such demonstrations.
Ms. Abrams will focus on the First Corps’ involvement as primary law enforcement during the strike, explaining why this responsibility fell to a private military group rather than the local police, and how this first experience in handling civil unrest shaped future management of labor strikes and riots.
Ms. Peltier will explain the “Bread and Roses Strike” from the perspective of women fighting for better working conditions, improved quality of life, and property rights, highlighting their relation to the women’s suffrage movement based on writings by Susan B. Anthony and contributors to the Revolution.
We hope you will join us after the talk for a Q&A and light reception.