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Labor Archives of Washington, partners, to celebrate centennial of 1919 Seattle General Strike

• Peter Kelley UW News

The Labor Archives of Washington will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Seattle General Strike with a series of events in coming weeks, as well as a new library exhibit on campus. There will be book readings, documentary films, a bus tour and live performances and presentations at several locations from Jan. 16 through Feb. 9. The Seattle General Strike was a five-day stoppage by some 65,000 workers beginning the morning of Feb. 6, 1919, just three months after the armistice that ended World War I. The strike began in the shipyards but soon nearly all of the city's 110 local labor unions walked off their jobs in a show of unity. The strike, denounced by most local and national press at the time, lasted five days. The Labor Archives of Washington, housed at the University of Washington curated by archivist Conor Casey, is joined in these events by many partners, including the UW's Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, under the heading of Solidarity Centennial.

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