Bridgeport, The Great War and the Strikes of 1915


4pm - 5:30pm

Educator and historian Carolyn Ivanoff will present a lecture in costume on the year of 1915 in Bridgeport - the triumphant, striking summer.

World War I transformed Bridgeport, Connecticut into a powerful arsenal for the allied war effort at home and abroad.  Munitions contracts on a massive scale would profoundly alter the physical landscape, population, and workforce.  In a twelve-month period in 1915, Remington-Union Metallic Cartridge would construct a 1.5 million square foot manufacturing facility, the world’s largest building under one roof, on Bridgeport’s East Side. 

Women workers would play a powerful role in 1915 Bridgeport beginning with a highly publicized teachers’ protest that rocked the city.  That summer fifty-five strikes were called. In August over 12,000 striking Bridgeport women would win the eight-hour day mostly without any national labor involvement.  During the Striking Summer of 1915 Bridgeport was born again as a progressive eight-hour day town.

Members: Free; Non-Members: $5. Presented with the League of Women Voters. Refreshments will be served. 

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