Mar 5

Harrod Lecture: Teresa Fava Thomas

3:30pm - 5:00pm Presidents' Hall

About This Event

Poster for Teresa Thomas Harrod Lecture March 2024

Professor Teresa Fava Thomas (Economics, History and Political Science) will present "The Forever Shutdown: The Hamilton Woolen Strike of 1934" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

The Hamilton Woolen Mill was established in Southbridge in 1806 when "merino mania" - investment in rare breeds of sheep for the value of their fleece - drove to sheep breeding and the establishment of woolen mills in New England. In the depths of the Great Depression in 1934, the United Textile Workers launched a nationwide general textile strike, which closed Hamilton Woolen Mill three times during months of labor violence. The company was shut down permanently and liquidated, leaving 1,000 workers jobless and destroying a million-dollar payroll.