Uprising: The Shirtwaist Strike of 1909 @mfgday #MFGDay21
One of my favorite NYC-centric podcasts is The Bowery Boys: New York City History. You can just feel the joy and genuine interest hosts Greg Young and Tom Meyers have for their city, even when tackling NYC history’s more serious moments. In honor of Manufacturing Day, we recommend you check out their episode Uprising: The Shirtwaist Strike of 1909, which dives into one of the more seminal moments in NYC’s labor and manufacturing history.
In late November 1909, tens of thousands of workers went on strike, angered by poor work conditions and unfair wages within the city’s largest industry.
New York City had seen labor strikes before, but this one would change the city forever.
The industry in question was the garment industry or ‘the needle trades’. The manufacture of clothing — and, in the case of this strike, the manufacture of shirtwaists, the fashionable blouse worn by many American women.
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