New Haven's Garment Workers: An Elm City Story, Long Wharf Maritime Center

  • 03 Jan 2011
  • 01 Mar 2011
  • Long Wharf Maritime Center, 545-555 Long Wharf Ave., New Haven, CT (203) 777-7451

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This exhibit paints a vivid portrait of the lives, victories and defeats of a courageous group of working people in the clothing industry in New Haven, CT in the 20th century.




Background:
In 1932 and 1933, to combat sweatshop conditions in the clothing industry, workers from the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union cooperated in an organizing campaign. 

Their efforts resulted in large-scale unionization of the industry and improvement in wages, working conditions, and hours.
Their struggles, sacrifices and successes leave behind important lessons for all of us in these times when big business in alliance with government is eroding the human rights for which they fought. 

The exhibit was produced for the GNHLHA by our Archivist/Director Joan Cavanagh, the late Dennis Hamilton, C.M. Carton and Julie Hamilton.

Exhibit Tour

2011


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2010

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The Council Teachers Building in New Haven (December)

Olin Memorial Library at Wesleyan University (October-November)

Atwater Memorial Library in North Branford (September)

Wachovia Bank in New Haven (April-September)

Fairfield University in Fairfield (March-April)

Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford (January-February)

2009

Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven, Welcome Event by Mayor April Capone Almon

University of Connecticut at Storrs

University of Massachusetts Amherst, WEB Dubois Library

2008

New Haven City Hall Atrium

New Haven Council Teachers Building

2007

Courtland Wilson Library in New Haven

New Haven City Hall Atrium

2006

Ethnic  Heritage Center of New Haven

New Haven Public Library







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