Bernard Rosenthal Trubowitz, previously with the National Park Service in Lowell, the USS Constitution Museum, Old North, and other historic sites

Documented During their Detention: Textile Workers and the “Bread and Roses” Strike of 1912

When the Essex Country Jail closed in the late 1980s, more than 100,000 documents dating back to 1853 were bundled in garbage bags, ready to be transferred…to the incinerator!

Learn how these documents narrowly escaped that fate and the story they told of immigrant women at the center of the strike, a running gun battle in the streets, and a legal system overwhelmed during one of the most important labor actions in US history.

Bernard Rosenthal Trubowitz (BernardRTrubowitz@outlook.com) was previously with the National Park Service in Lowell, the USS Constitution Museum, Old North, and other historic sites. (U Mass Lowell)