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Labor History in the Village
Greenwich Village, Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman takes students into the bohemian enclave in lower Manhattan where men and women from all parts of the United States have gathered to experiment with new ways of living and thinking. These rebels from the elites and middle classes not only reject the beliefs and values of their elders, they also hope to use their talents to create a new America for the new century. Core Rules min needed to play. Mary Jane Treacy. Mapping Specialists, Ltd.
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Some of the most important events and most prominent figures in the labor movement bear strong connections to the Village and East Village. Without these courageous individuals, or the events connected to them, we might never have had fair wages, better working conditions, or the right to collective bargaining. Below are a few standout homes and locations from our Civil Rights and Social Justice Map that highlight some of these pioneering individuals and impactful events from labor history in our midst. The New York shirtwaist strike of was led by 23 year old Clara Lemlich, who took to the stage at Cooper Union on November 22, , to call for thousands of shirtwaist factory workers to go on strike to demand better working conditions and higher wages. As a garment worker, she made a name for herself among her fellow workers, leading several strikes and challenging the predominantly male leadership in the industry. Before migrating to midtown in the s, the garment industry was centered around present-day NoHo and Lower East Side, both crowded immigrant neighborhoods. Garment workers usually worked in terrible conditions, for long hours, and very little pay to support their families.