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Boston's 1919 Police Strike A Turning Point In U.S. Labor Movement09:10
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Faneuil Hall, the Headquarters of National Guard during the 1919 Police Strike (Boston Public Library/Flickr)
Faneuil Hall, the Headquarters of National Guard during the 1919 Police Strike (Boston Public Library/Flickr)

While the battle between public sector unions and the governor in Wisconsin is garnering a lot of press, the labor movement has a long and important history here in the Bay State, including the first ever strike by a public employees union.

The Boston Police Strike of 1919 drew national and international attention to the city, and became a major turning point in the American labor movement.

James Green, a professor of history and labor studies at UMass Boston, and a walking-talking encyclopedia of the working history of Boston, is an expert on the 1919 strike. Radio Boston's Meghna Chakrabarti visits two of the most important sites of the strike with Green.

This segment aired on March 1, 2011.

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