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Clara Lemlich and the Uprising of the 20,000

April 30, 4:00 PM

Free

In 1909, Clara Lemlich, a young Jewish refugee from Russia to New York City, sparked the first great women’s strike in American history by speaking uninvited to several thousand teenaged foreign-born sweatshop workers to urge a revolt against intolerable conditions. Over the next three months, Lemlich faced beatings and arrests, but the “Uprising of 20,000” inspired a rare coalition of poor immigrants, middle-class reformers, and feminists. Why did this landmark strike occur? How did it change America?

Presented by Rob Weisbrot, Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Teaching Professor of History.
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the History Department.

Details

Date:
April 30
Time:
4:00 PM
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Teresa Van Deventer
Phone:
859-5320
Email:
tvdevent@colby.edu

Venue

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College
Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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