Pawtucket Mill Strike

Working Class History’s episode on The Pawtucket Mill Strike is a great showcase of the areas they focus on. It features the story of the first factory strike in the United States directed by women, but it also touches on the creation of police forces to defend capital, the tendency to undermine marginalized groups to lower wages broadly, and the far-reaching influence of slavery.

Working Class History‘s episode on The Pawtucket Mill Strike is a great showcase of the areas they focus on. It features the story of the first factory strike in the United States directed by women, but it also touches on the creation of police forces to defend capital, the tendency to undermine marginalized groups to lower wages broadly, and the far-reaching influence of slavery.

In this podcast episode, historian Joey DeFrancesco tells the story of the first factory strike in US history when in 1824, young women and girls working in the mills in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, organised themselves and walked out, winning better conditions. Joey also explains how the development of capitalist industry in the north was dependent on the labour of enslaved people in the south.

E28: The Pawtucket mill strike

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