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    The Flint, Michigan, Sit-Down Strike (1936-37)

    What can you get for a nickel?

View of Woolworth Building and surrounding buildings, New York City

It was 1878 and Frank Winfield Woolworth was working in a general store. The 5-cent merchandise table was set up and staffed by Frank. As he assisted the customers that crowded around the table, Frank resolved to start a store of his own stocked only with 5-cent merchandise.

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Left:
View of the Woolworth Building c1913
towering above the surrounding buildings in New York city.
Published by: The Pictorial News Company, NY.
Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-127214


    The Flint, Michigan, Sit-Down Strike (1936-37)

Sitdown strikers in the Fisher body plant factory number three. Flint, Michigan.

Above:
Sitdown strikers in the Fisher body plant factory number three.
Flint, Michigan
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress
Farm Security Administration
Office of War Information Photograph Collection

Reproduction number: LC-USF34-040027-D

Once called "the strike heard round the world,"1   the first major labor dispute in the U.S. auto industry ended after General Motors signed a contract with the United Auto Workers Union on February 11, 1937.

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 1."The 1936 - 37 Flint, Michigan Sit-Down Strike," Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-london/A672310 External Link

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