Hopedale strike

The Hopedale strike was a labour dispute at the American loom manufacturer Draper Company in Hopedale, Massachusetts. It began in April 1913 and disintegrated after three months. The strike came amid a wave of regional strikes that year, as Draper's 2,000 employees walked out on April 1 for a nine-hour day, a 22-cent minimum hourly wage, and the end of piecework. After Draper's director, the former Massachusetts governor Eben Draper rejected their demands, the workers voted to continue their strike indefinitely, supported by the Industrial Workers of the World's Joseph Coldwell.[1]


  1. ^ Tejada, Susan (2012). In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti: Double Lives, Troubled Times, and the Massachusetts Murder Case That Shook the World. Northeastern. pp. 51–53. ISBN 978-1-55553-730-2.

Further readingEdit

  • Chomsky, Aviva (2008). "The Draper Company". Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class. Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-8891-3.
  • Danker, Anita Cardillo (1991). "From Christian Utopia to Company Town: Communal Life and Corporate Paternalism in 19th and 20th Century Hopedale, Massachusetts". Utopian Studies (4): 72–78. ISSN 1045-991X. JSTOR 20718950.