Short Pay! All Out! The Great Lawrence Strike of 1912

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The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bread & Roses Labor Strike and offers a significant opportunity to focus on the city's past and the roles that immigrant labor played in the city and the entire nation. Lawrence was a community in crisis long before payday on January 11, 1912 when workers, realizing yet another wage reduction, ran through the mills shouting “short pay!” and “strike!” The Strike prompted the nation to confront conflicting visions of community identity and struggle, civic culture, immigration and industrialization. It influenced public policy, helping construct some of the current social safety nets.

To commemorate the strike, the Lawrence History Center is pleased to present a bilingual exhibit:

"Short pay! All out!
The Great Lawrence Strike of 1912
~ Bread and Roses Centennial ~

The exhibit will be free and open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 3:00 p.m. and by appointment until September 30, 2012 on the 6th floor of the Everett Mill, 15 Union Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Short pay! All out! The Great Lawrence Strike of 1912 opened its doors on January 12, 2012 with a Ribbon Cutting and Commemoration that was attended by nearly 500 people! Please visit for information about our opening day and to view video of the program.

In 2012, the Lawrence History Center's exhibit, "Short pay! All out!" will act as a cultural space ideal for hosting lectures, meetings, exhibits, performances, and community gatherings relevant to the themes of the strike of 1912. Please contact the Lawrence History Center to schedule your public or private event at 978-686-9230. Also, be sure to visit the Online Bread and Roses Centennial Exhibit.

We hope to see you in Lawrence in 2012!

Short pay! All out! is sponsored by the Lawrence History Center and funded in part by Mass Humanities, the Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, Everett Mills Real Estate, the Rogers Family Foundation, UMass Lowell, Lawrence Cultural Council, and the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee.