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Justus Ebert 


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The Trial of a New Society 
Justus Ebert 


In 1912 textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, mostly immigrants, went on 
strike in response to a pay cut, speedups, and unsafe working conditions. 
Representatives from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW/Wobblies) came in to 
help organize the strike. The city declared martial law and a tense standoff went on 
for weeks. National newspapers provided breathless coverage of the strike and 
painted drastically different pictures of what was happening and who was to blame. 
When a woman was shot in ambiguous circumstances, strike leaders were tried for 
murder--not for shooting her, but for purportedly inciting mob violence leading to her 
death. They were acquitted. 

This book by an ardent IWW member, which seems to have been written in haste as 
well as in great enthusiasm, gives a vivid journalistic account of labor conditions, of 
the strike which was afterward known as the Bread and Roses strike, of the trial of 
strike leaders Joseph Ettor and Arturo Giovanitti, and of the general strike organized 
to support them. 


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