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Mon Apr 3, 2017, 08:55 PM

Today in Labor History, April 3rd bitter strike at the mills in Paterson, New Jersey


http://www.workdayminnesota.org/history/04/03


Strikers gathered in front of the Botto House in Paterson, New Jersey.

April 3, 1913

Strikers gathered in front of the Botto House in Paterson, New Jersey.
During the bitter strike at the mills in Paterson, New Jersey, police repeatedly crushed efforts by the workers to hold rallies. Pietro Botto, the socialist mayor of nearby Haledon, invited the strikers to assemble on the green in front of his house. There, a crowd of 20,000 listened as speakers from the Industrial Workers of the World, novelist Upton Sinclair, journalist John Reed and other champions of laborís cause urged the strikers not to give up their fight. Today, the Botto House is home to the American Labor Museum. It preserves the house that became a rallying point during the strike and offers special exhibits on the history of work and the labor movement.

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