There was a great deal of labor unrest and many labor strikes in America in the pre-World War 1 period. Much of this unrest was the result of unsafe factory working conditions and low wages paid to workers in American factories.
“An injury to one is an injury to all”
The 1912 Little Falls Textile Strike began on October 9, 1912 and was not settled until January 3, 1913. During the eighty-seven day strike two national labor unions, the International Workers of the World (IWW) and the American Federation of Labor (AFL), competed to represent the interests of the striking workers.
The local and national newspaper media of the day covered the strike-related events in great detail, particularly several confrontations between law enforcement and strikers.
Most of the striking workers were recent immigrants from southern and Eastern European countries who lived on the south side of Little Falls in densely crowded tenement apartment houses. The strike divided the Little Falls community along socioeconomic and ethnic lines.
The pictures on display are photographic images of Little Falls around the time of the strike. The posters include both pictures and quotations of important individuals connected to the strike and other time period appropriate labor movement images.