Protests and Strikes

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Throughout history, people have protested injustice and demonstrated for their rights. This is a pictorial history of these events.

This photo shows a group of unemployed men in New York on May 31st 1909 holding signs calling for the unemployed to rally together. A few of the signs read "The right to work shall be guaranteed to all citizens regardless of creed, color or sex" and "Fall in line make way for brotherhood establish justice".
A photo of two policemen arresting a striker in Express strike, New York City
"Forgotten women," unemployed and single, in job demand protest.
Alice Paul, leader of the National Woman’s Party, unfurled the completed Ratification Flag in Washington D.C. in August 1920 to celebrate passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women nationally the right to vote.
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Jan 11, 1885 - Unknown 1885 - ?
Raymond Gaudry, French citzen, decorated veteran WWI, ran for political offices in france 1930s, was in Auschwitz as political prisioner (red triangle on shirt- communist) did not survive the war. info translated from french.
Pueblo Native Americans protesting in 1923 a broken promise made by President Lincoln. Santiago Naranjo, Waihusing, James Miller, and Jesus Baca are wearing traditional and western clothing, each wearing a blanket. They are carrying a cane given them by Abraham Lincoln as a token of his promise of permanent retention of their lands. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Underwood and Underwood
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Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Emma Goldman on a streetcar in New York in 1917. Emma Goldman was born in the Russian Empire (Lithuania) and emigrated to the New York in 1885, where she joined the anarchist movement. She was jailed in 1917 for inducing men to not register for the (new) draft. She was deported to Russia after her release from prison (after she was arrested again for protesting) but she did not agree with the methods of the Russian revolution. She moved around to various European countries, eventually settling in (and dying in) Canada. During this period, she wrote several books. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service.
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Jun 27, 1869 - Unknown 1869 - ?
Food Protest in 1917 New York. Men, women, and children protest about the high cost of food on the East Side of New York. Sound familiar? Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service
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Child Labor Laws were practically non-existent in 1909. Here, two young girls wear sashes saying "Abolish Child Slavery" - one banner is in English, the other in Yiddish. It's a compelling image. Both girls were a part of the May 1, 1909 May Day Parade (Labor Parade) in New York City, protesting the lack of child labor laws. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service.
May Day 1916 in New York City. Garment workers (all women) were parading but are gathered here for the photo. May Day was originally celebrated by the Celts as Beltane. But in the United States in the late 19th century, it was known as International Worker's Day. Since this was later associated with communistic leanings, in 1958 it was named Loyalty Day. In 1916, therefore, it was a day for workers to march - hence these garment workers and their banners. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service.
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A crowd gathers in Union Square, New York City, to hear suffragettes speak. In Europe and in the United States, 1908 was an active year for the women's right to vote movement. Can you spot women in the crowd? I only found 4?? photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service
"Drop acid Not Bombs" - another antiwar sign during the Vietnam War. Acid, of course, referred not to Agent Orange but to LSD. Yes, the hippie culture was a drug culture, too. Photo courtesy of, user happy hippy girl
People's Park protests during the Spring Quarter at Berkeley CA. I was there and I remember talking to the National Guard members called out by Governor Reagan. They were young (18 yrs old, 19) and scared. They were told that we would try to give them food laced with acid (LSD) and/or marijuana. We talked to them, calmed them down, gave them flowers. One student James Rector, was shot and killed. Several more were injured, one ending up in a wheelchair. (This happened a few weeks before Kent State.) Middle-aged women, shopping on Shattuck, were rounded up and jailed simply for being there.
Stephen A. Bogue, Sr. (1790-1868) who ran a station in Underground Railway prior to Civil War in Cass County, Mich. and his wife Hannah East Bonine Bogue.
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1790 - 1868 1790 - 1868
A photo of protestors outside of the 1968 Miss America pageant.
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A depiction of the great Pullman strike of 1894 which prompted Congress to establish Labor Day as a national holiday.
Wilmington Race Riots after MLK JR was assassinated
Photograph taken at the White House of the group of children who have come to Wash. to appeal to the President for the release of political prisoners
Abby Scott Baker in 1917. Abby Scott Baker was involved in planning one of the first suffrage events in Washington DC on March 3, 1913 - the night before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. She continued to be very active in the suffragist movement and served 60 days in the Occoquan Workhouse after being arrested for one demonstration. It is due to women like Abby Scott Baker that we (women) have the right to vote. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Harris & Ewing collection.
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1871 - 1944 1871 - 1944
An African-American man carrying his daughter and a protest sign reading: "President Johnson Go To Selma Now!" Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Stanley Wolfson, photographer
An Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblie) member sporting a protest hat. It reads "Bread or Revolution" - I imagine tht they were protesting for higher wages. We don't really wear hats now so I guess that this sort of protest sign wouldn't be feasible, but I like it! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service
WW I anti-war protest meeting in Union Square New York in 1914. There was plenty of protest against the U.S. entering WW I and helping England. Basically, the Wobblies led the movement. Of course, the U.S. eventually entered the war, in 1917. Look at the sea of hats! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service
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