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Great Hall at Cooper Union

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Beth Higgins
Beth Higgins
Cooper Union
Beth Higgins
Beth Higgins
Cooper Union, 1972
Abraham Lincoln, Feb 27, 1860
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At an overflowing ILGWU meeting on November 22, 1909, Clara Lemlich, a Jewish dressmaker, declared in Yiddish, “I am a working girl, one of those who are on strike against intolerable conditions. I am tired of listening to speakers who talk in general terms. What we are here for is to decide whether we shall or shall not strike. I offer a resolution that a general strike be declared--now.” This fiery declaration launched a massive strike that eventually included over 20,000 workers.