Spoiled Silk: The Red Mayor And The Great Paterson Textile Strike
  • Spoiled Silk: The Red Mayor And The Great Paterson Textile Strike
  • Spoiled Silk: The Red Mayor And The Great Paterson Textile Strike
  • Spoiled Silk: The Red Mayor And The Great Paterson Textile Strike
ISBN: 0823221342
EAN13: 9780823221349
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 1, 2001
Pages: 205
Dimensions: 0.35" H x 8.69" L x 5.74" W
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Spoiled Silk is the story of two immigrants from the Rhineland, William Brueckmann and his wife Katherine, who started a new life in America's first industrial city, Paterson NJ, nourishing a vision of their adopted country that was never to be. Committed to a socialist dream, they struggled to improve the lot of their follow immigrants and, at the same time, to raise a family in the midst of the turbulence that surrounded them. Their efforts contributed in the long run to improved working conditions in American mills, but their dream of a socialist America was never to be realized. It was in 1913 that the workers in the Paterson textile mills, having learned that a new kind of loom would put many of them out of work went on strike against the mill owners. In desperation, they called in Big Bill Haywood and the Wobblies of the I.W.W. to help them. The Paterson authorities moved quickly to crush the strike by forbidding the strikers to hold public meetings. Alone among elected local officials, William Brueckmann, Mayor of the neighboring town of Haledon, defied the Paterson authorities and their police department and upheld the constitutional rights of the strikers by giving them a safe haven in his town. His action marked the beginning of a long and bitter struggle that brought thousands of workers Read More chevron_right

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