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Thousands of shoemakers go on strike for higher wages in Lynn, Massachusetts

Women Shoemakers Striking in Lynn, Massachusetts
02/22/1860
Following several earlier mass meetings in the area, three thousand shoemakers assembled in the Lyceum Hall in Lynn, Massachusetts to announce that they were now on strike. Union representatives spread the word and by the end of the month almost 20,000 shoemakers from Maine to upstate New York had joined the stoppage in the largest industrial action seen in the United States up to that time.  (By John Osborne)    
Source Citation: 
Philip S. Foner, History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Vol. 1 .... (New York: International Publishers, 1947),  242-243.
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