Monday, November 28, 2022

The Striking Summer of 1915

Saturday, January 28
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The year 1915 would bring Bridgeport’s triumphant, striking summer. World War I transformed Bridgeport, Connecticut into a powerful arsenal for the allied war effort at home and abroad. Munitions contracts on a massive scale profoundly altered the physical landscape, population, and workforce. In a twelve-month period in 1915, Remington-Union Metallic Cartridge constructed a 1.5 million square foot manufacturing facility, the world’s largest building under one roof, on Bridgeport’s East Side. Women workers played a powerful role in 1915 Bridgeport beginning with a highly publicized teachers’ protest that rocked the city. That summer, fifty-five strikes were called. In August, over 12,000 striking Bridgeport women won the eight-hour work day, mostly without any national labor involvement. During the Striking Summer of 1915 Bridgeport was born again as a progressive eight-hour a day town.

Carolyn Ivanoff is a retired high school administrator and educator. She writes and speaks frequently on American history at local, state, and national venues. In 2003 Carolyn was named Civil War Trust’s Teacher of the Year. In 2010, 2011 and 2013 her education programs received Awards of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations. In 2016 Carolyn was honored by the Connecticut Council of Social Studies with the Bruce Fraser Friend of the Social Studies Award. In 2018-19 Carolyn served as project coordinator for the 17th Connecticut Flagpole preservation and re-dedication ceremony on Barlow’s Knoll at Gettysburg National Military Park. This project was honored with a 2019 Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) for preservation.

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Bridgeport History Center