One of the exhibits created by students in the Creating Digital History course:
by Maggie Lee
The Uprising of the 20,000 is the term used to describe the strike of the Ladies Garment Workers in 1909. The uprising lasted for eleven weeks and, at its peak, included 20,000 strikers. The workers in several garment factories rose up against the harsh conditions of sweatshop work and incredibly low pay and they fought for increased rights from their employers.
This strike is one of many that errupted across the United States during the early twentieth century. There were several more garment worker strikes in New York City and other cities across the US to demand the right to organize in a Union, to improve conditions and to get high pay for their work.