Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 EDU: Bread and Roses Strike, Lawrence, Mass., 1912, interactive course

Bread and Roses Strike, 
Lawrence, Mass., 1912, interactive course
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The Bread and Roses Strike took place in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. It was a landmark in the history of American labor, and gained the attention of the nation. This site tells you about the strike itself, and helps you understand the people who lived through this time.
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Interactive course, Women's Studies 1110d, an entry-level distance class, created by Dr. Sharon Collingwood at Ohio State University.

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  • I became Ivan Doffer, 11 years old.  
  • I worked in a spinning mill.
  • I am a Doffer
  • I pull full spindles off the spinning frames and put the empty ones on,
The factory is ahead

Information note

The Bread and Roses Exhibit began as an exercise for Dr. Sharon Collingwood’s Women’s Studies 110 (distance) class at The Ohio State University in the winter of 2013. The exercise grew over successive classes; it and continues to grow and change, and has been made public through a generous grant from Linden Lab.-This exhibit is not complete. It will evolve over the exhibit period, which ends December 31, 2014. Students will be adding their projects to the work, hopefully adding more perspectives and historical depth.-The main point of this exhibit is not to give a detailed analysis of the strike itself, but rather to examine a point in history. Students are asked to think about the similarities between 1912 and or own time, and to think about the conflicts of gender, class, race and culture  that arise in this and any historical period.
They deliver bread in this wagon
Browsers on prims (BOPS)
The ladies went on strike
Radicals of the Worst Sort: Laboring Women in Lawrence Massachusetts, 1860-1912
This is where I work
  • Them grey people gotta be ghosts.
  • The real ones would be bustin' my bottom for walkin' in here
  • I woulda been skeered to do this back then
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  • This is where the other half lived.
  • Not really half, though.
  • More like the top tenth.
  • Somebody musta took this picher with a kite.
  • Musta been a real big kite.
  • To lift somethin' as big as a camera.
Washing Machine


Information card for students taking the class

Click on the images you see around the site, and you will soon learn that there were many divisions of gender, class, race, and ethnicity for the people of Lawrence. There are many differing opinions expressed here; remember that these are not presented as “good” or “bad," they are just opinions.  However, as a hundred years have passed since the strike, you may have a better perspective on these problems than the people you see here.  Click on the blue dots you will find around the site for more information about the issues.

Visitors may find this information card helpful; it is designed for university classes who will be completing assignments here, but the questions below should help everyone understand the site. 

If you have come to this site as part of a class, your instructor may have assigned you the questions below.    

There is a private classroom available for school groups.  If you would like to book it, please contact Ellie Brewster


Your day in Lawrence Massachusetts begins here in the entry hall.  Listen to the narration and music before you begin, it will give you answers to some of the questions on this notecard.  Use this notecard to keep track of your answers (remember to save); you can temporarily minimize the notecard if it obscures your vision.



Click on one of the portraits at the end of the entry hall. This will give you a folder that you can find in your inventory, under "RECENT". Drag the folder onto your avatar to assume your new identity.

(1) What do these portraits tell you about the people who work for this company? (Think about: gender, race, ethnicity, class).



Pass through the gates and proceed up the walkway to the Everett Mill. Enter the gates, and click on the photographs on the ground floor to learn about the Lawrence strike.

(2) What was the average lifespan for a worker at a textile mill in 1912?

(3) What was the average workday for a textile worker?
(4) What was the reason for the Bread and Roses strike?
(5) How did the companies react to the strike?
(6) How long did the strike last?

LISTEN TO THE VIDEO (on the wall; transcript is beneath)


(7) Who is Elsie Thompson?

(8) Why do you think the doffers like the doffing mistress more than the "boss?"

(9) What's a "doffer?"

(10) What do you think of the workers' attitude to the company they work for? What do you think might be the reason for their attitude?



Start your workday as a doffer at the Everett Mill. You work on the top floor. Run up the stairs as quickly as you can, if you don't want to get in trouble. You'll find the machines already working, and the spindles will probably be full.  You need to take off those full spindles and replace them with empty ones.  Hurry!!

Click on each full spindle to remove it. Do it quickly, you're not paid for just standing around! Take a picture of yourself in front of a complete row of EMPTY spindles and include the picture with your assignment.

(11) What health hazards can you see in your workspace?

(12) What can you learn from the photographs in your workspace?



Finished your work? If you’ve worked a full shift, you can leave. Otherwise, you’ll be fired. There are lots of hungry people out there who can do your job.

After you leave the factory, explore the town of Lawrence.  (This site is not a replica of the actual town of Lawrence, Massachusetts.)

(13) Find someone who has an opinion about gender, race, or class, then find someone who holds the opposite opinion.

(14) Answer ONE of the following questions:

        a. What was the temperance movement? What connection does this movement have with the working people of Lawrence?
        b. What was the suffrage movement?
        c. What differing attitudes to motherhood and children can be seen in the site?



(15) You might want to take a break and go skating on the ice rink, but after that there’s one more place to visit: the newspaper office, across the street..  In that office you will find news stories about our own time.  Pick one story that connects to what you have seen during your visit, and be prepared to discuss it in class.



(16) What does "bread and roses" really mean? What is the lifestyle that all members of our society should expect, regardless of income, welfare status, ability, age, or  ethnicity?


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2014 Project SciFi Competition in partnership with Screen My Shorts and sponsored by the Parramatta City Council is giving filmmakers, Machinima makers and animators 30 days to write, shoot, edit, produce and upload a 3-10min short film with $5,500 (Australian Dollars) in cash prizes. -All films that enter into this years Project SciFi will be screened at Riverside Theatres.  Teams must register by 3rd October 2014 and nominate 2 scifi subjects that they would like to make their film about. For registrations visit ... 

Subjects for Machinima makers, 2014 Project SciFi Competition

  • Sci-Romance – Love between Aliens, Robots and more! (Can be Happy, Sad or Tragedy) 
  • Sci-Comedy – Science fiction that is humorous in nature. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a good example of SciFi Comedy. 
  • Save the Environment – A theme focuses on saving the dying planet and/or ecosystem 
  • Zombie / Disease – A theme focuses on the effect of a disease in the future. 
  • Apocalyptic / Post-Apocalyptic SciFi – Stories about the extinction or near extinction of humankind either by forces of nature or by our own means. Post- focuses on telling the tale of the survivors of an apocalypse. 
  • Spy-Fy – Science fiction about futuristic spies and espionage, and the effects of technological advancement on their professions. 
  • Super Hero – Stories related to super heroes who get their powers from technology or because they are from another world. Often focuses on futuristic superheroes. 
  • Robots / AI – Fiction in which the science of Artificial Intelligence and robotics is a central theme, typically relating to Robot stories. 
  • First Contact / Alien – This sub genre imagines the various scenarios in which humanity makes contact with other civilizations. 
  • Social Science Fiction - Fiction in which future societies are extrapolated, explained and often criticized, usually for the purpose of social satire. The social sciences are the overriding theme in this type of fiction; however, science and technology will usually play a central role in the structure of the extrapolated society.
National Agenda 2014 focuses on the battle for control of congress midway through the Obama second term, with some of the biggest and most experienced names in American politics
Midtown Arts Museum is launching its first participation storybuild on Monday, 9.1.2014, Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush. All elements are ready for visitors, explorers and amateur sleuths to plunder. A storybuild mystery is not an event that is attended. Rather clues and story are collected, assembled and written by the participants who journey through it. It is writing via pictures and conversation - - the natural, entertaining and effortless way. Oakes Valley blog
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The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilization or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
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And don't forget the many imagined borders, walls, that we make for ourselves.   Those are the worst kind.--TKR

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