Friday, January 11, 2008

Fixed Bayonets

It has been a while since we featured a photograph of State Militia threatening US citizens with fixed bayonets, so I decided today would be a good day for the photograph above. The photograph shows strikers from the Lawrence Massachusetts Textile strike being surrounded by Massachusetts State militia. The strike began on this day, January 11, in the year 1912. A new law had gone into effect at the first of the year that put limits on the number of hours in a work week. The textile factory owners responded by cutting the pay of the workers proportionally to the new shorter work week. When the workers realized this, they went on strike in mass. Things got pretty ugly before it was all over.
What I find fascinating about this image is that it is the people, not the military, displaying the US flag.


  1. Wow, neat picture. But it's sad to think that sweatshops still exist, even to some degree in the U.S.

  2. This situation has not changed. There have never been more slaves in the world then there have been at any other time in history.

    At every turn they have had to fight to get just compensation for their labor from the people who made obscene fortunes off of the laborers working very hard just to be able to sustain themselves and their families.
    For some reason manual labor has no value and the only people allowed to make money are the ones who dream up imaginary riches from non-existing products. We see the results of this idiocy today as hedge fund managers blow away 10s of billions of dollars while they take home paychecks that are taxed less than those of average workers. And when these workers complain about that, the police are sent in to stifle disssent.

    There is nothing new here, it's the same old same old.

  3. Heard on the news the other day: Merrill-Lynch has lost billions in the sub-prime mortgage fiasco. As a result, they will lay off thousands of their employees. Their shareholders will "suffer" too--they will get a smaller divident payout than they were expecting. There is something wrong when the people who actually did the work to create wealth lose their jobs, and the people who did absolutely nothing but sign a piece of paper make money anyway.