Labor History in 2:00

July 3 - Paterson Child Laborers Strike

July 3, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1835. That was the day that textile workers walked off the job at twenty mills in Paterson, New Jersey. But this was not a strike like we might picture one today, with burly men walking a picket line, or women chanting as they carry their picket signs.In Paterson, most of the strikers were children, ages 10 to 18. Many were young girls.