History Moment By William “Doc” Halliday

Bread and Roses Strike

strikeNo groups of people are truly native to North America. People have been coming to this continent for at least 100,000 years. The first of these probably migrated across the Bering Sea. In the 10th century the Vikings came from the other direction and founded a settlement in Greenland. Within what is now the United States, St. Augustine was first settlement in 1565. Immigrants have been coming to this country ever since. They come for many reasons, but generally it is an effort to create a better life for themselves and their families.
In the 17th century immigrants could just take some land to farm. There were some disputes with the people we refer to as Native Americans; sometimes fatal. In the 18th century the land closest to the east coast was already claimed so an immigrant had to travel further inland to farm his own land, or work for another person. In the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution blossomed, and immigrants flocked to jobs in the new factories in this country.
The history of labor disputes in America substantially proceeds the Revolutionary War period. For example, there was a fishermen’s strike…

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