Angelo Rocco - The Lawrence Labor Strike of 1912
Documenting the 100th Anniversary of the birth of labor unions in America. A 62 minute, unedited video interview with the International Workers of the World, I.W.W., labor union innovator and organizer, Angelo Rocco, conducted in 1977 when he was 93 years old.
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A 62 minute, unedited video interview with the International Workers of the World, I.W.W., labor union innovator and organizer, Angelo Rocco, conducted in 1977 when he was 93 years old.
In this historic 1977 interview Mr. Rocco, an Italian immigrant, recalls the conditions leading up to the Lawrence, Massachusetts cotton mill strike of 1912 which received international attention and support. We now recognize the 100th anniversary of this historic event. The strike changed the face of both the labor and feminist movements (most of the 25,000 strikers were immigrant women). It was the first major labor action in U.S. history and for the first time there was a conscious effort to unite workers of all nationalities. The time of the strike is often referred to as "Bread and Roses."
Mr. Rocco eloquently explains the tactics of the owners in trying to break the strike and how it is that the united workers won their demands.