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Volume Listing > Volume 84 > 'The very picture of anarchy': women in the Oshkosh woodworkers' strike of 1898

Crane, Virginia Glenn "'The very picture of anarchy': women in the Oshkosh woodworkers' strike of 1898"


The Very Pictures of Anarchy: This is a short history of the Oshkosh woodworkers’ strike of 1898. Notorious for its unfair labor practices, Oshkosh mill owners paid low wages generally, and women and children workers were paid significantly less than men. To address this problem, the Unions Woodworkers Council affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and hired Thomas Kidd (1861-1941) to lead a strike in the spring of 1898. It was mainly the women who guided the strike and who were seen as the aggressors. The strikers targeted the Morgan, Radford, McMillen, and Paine woodworking companies until all the city’s mills were finally shut down and the Winnebago County town fell under military occupation. Events are chronicled in detail, including a murder of a young boy during one of the riots. (15 pages)

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Citation: Crane, Virginia Glenn "'The very picture of anarchy': women in the Oshkosh woodworkers' strike of 1898" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 84 /Issue: 3 (2000-2001)

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