The strike that occurred in Lawrence,
Massachusetts in 1912 captured the attention of the American public
during that election year.
Massachusetts had passed a law requiring
a shorter work week. In Lawrence, textile mill owners responded in
January by also reducing workers' wages. The IWW had been trying to
organize textile workers for some time, and, in a matter of days, the
union reinforced its drive in Lawrence. The ten week strike that ensued
proved revolutionary in its methods and aims. That the workers succeeded
in their struggle was an amazing accomplishment, and it altered
America’s view of organized resistance to management.