Friday, January 11, 2008
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.