Monday, November 09, 2015

Today -100: November 9, 1915: The perpetuity of the nation depends upon the women of the country


A side-note to the Williamsburg, Brooklyn factory fire: the nephew of the couple who owned the building, Alfred Raff, had just returned from being on the lam in Boston after he hit-and-ran a 16-year-old girl with his aunt’s car. Right after the fire, a nearby bakery owner saw him running down the street. He told her there was a fire and when asked why he hadn’t turned in an alarm, yelled “To hell with the factory.” Charming. Raff previously served a couple of years in Elmira for burglary.

At the annual convention of the American Federation of Labor, Pres. Samuel Gompers calls for removing women and children from factories. “The perpetuity of the nation depends upon the women of the country, and we want to do all we can for them.” Sure you do.


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