Lawrence History-Violent Conflict during the Bread and Roses Strike

Saturday, Feb. 27, 1-4 pm
Lawrence State Heritage Park
One Jackson Street
Lawrence, MA

Join historians Robert Forrant and Jim Beauchesne for an introduction to the Great Strike of 1912 and a tour of selected locations. Then, view excerpts from the documentary film, John Brown’s Holy War, followed by a discussion of Brown’s choice for armed conflict.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.
Preregistration not necessary. Questions? Call (413) 588-1606

Women initiated the Bread and Roses Strike, and many turned militant as hunger and cold took their toll during the harsh first three months of 1912. They were seen as “radicals of the worst sort.” But when more than 200 militia prevented strikers from sending children to sympathetic families in other cities on February 24, the ensuing melee turned public opinion. Clashes continued until the strike was won in March.

* Where does keeping law and order shade into state suppression?
* How culpable are we when we do nothing while violence happens in our name?

Presented by Mass Humanities in partnership with:
Lawrence Heritage State Park, Lawrence History Center and Lawrence Public Library.