Sunday, July 19, 2009

On this day in Iowa

July 19, 1938

Governor Kraschel orders the National Guard to Newton and declares martial law in the Maytag employees' strike. The plant remains closed until August 4, when it reopens under military guard.

Read the book "Solidarity and survival: An oral history of Iowa labor in the twentieth century" by Shelton Stromquist for a history of the labor movement in Iowa, including first-person interviews of the men and women who participated in the Maytag strike of 1938.

From Deep Roots: Iowa Heritage Calendar 1976 by Beth Ann Conklin.

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