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The Forgotten United Textile Workers of America Strike: Labor Revolt in Alabama, 1934

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4199

Content Description

The collection contains the unpublished, 461 page, bound manuscript by Hoffman about the lead up to the nationwide United Textile Workers of America strike in 1934, and its effects on Alabama City, Gadsden, Alabama.

Dates

  • 2016

Creator

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Biographical / Historical

The United Textile Workers of America strike in 1934 was the largest labor strike in the history of the United States at the time. Over 400,000 textile workers from New England down through the Southeast participated in the twenty-two day strike. Fifteen people were killed and many more injuried in the violence that marked the strike. Governors in several states called out the National Guard to augment local autorities in efforts to deal with the strikers.

Issues involved in the strike included deplorable working conditions, low wages, lack of union recognition, and racial equality. Governors of several states involved called out the National Guard to augment the local autorities. Fifteen people were killed and many more injured in violent confrontations.

Despite the nearly half million members, the United Textile Workers Union failed miserably to pressure manufacturers into any concessions for the workers. The strike ended on September 23, 1934.

Extent

.2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Unpublished, bound manuscript about the nationwide United Textile Workers of America strike in 1934.

General

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Processing Information

Processed by Martha Bace, 2018

Creator

Title
Guide to the Forgotten United Textile Workers of America Strike: Labor Revolt in Alabama, 1934
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

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Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500