Lawrence Billy Club
In January, 1912, tens of thousands of immigrant women, men and children led the Bread and Roses strike at a textile factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
The workers clashed with textile mill operators and police as they asserted their demand for humane working conditions. During this cold and snowy January, pitched battles were fought in the streets of Lawrence in one of the most brutal strikes in U.S. history.
A billy club with the words “Lawrence Strike” and the date 1/12/1912 has been passed down to a History Detectives contributor. But could this lethal-looking truncheon really have been used in the famous Bread and Roses labor strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts? The club belonged to the contributor’s grandfather. How and why did his grandfather possess it?
History Detectives travels to Massachusetts to understand who was involved this struggle that paved the way for improved labor conditions throughout the country.
- Also with Wes Cowan Old Fire Station Did President Ulysses S. Grant stop by a New Jersey firehouse on the centennial of America?
- Also with Wes Cowan Bonnie & Clyde's Bullets Are these the bullets that ended one of the most infamous crime-sprees in American history?
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 Tiffany Window What can this watercolor reveal about the unexpected world of one of America’s great artists?
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 Ventriloquist Dummy How did an African-American ventriloquist act become so successful in a time of racial unrest?
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 Connecticut Farmhouse Why did this Connecticut farmhouse have so many owners in such a short space of time?
- Also with Wes Cowan Slave Songbook Are these tattered pages the earliest record of music created by slaves?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.