First known North American strike was 1619 Jamestown Polish Craftsman’s Strike

During his travels through Europe, John Smith of Virginia and Pocahantas fame was impressed by the expertise of Polish Craftsman, so recruited them to the Virginia colonies.  The first of these craftsmen arrived in 1608, and they brought value not only for their creations such as glassware but because the colony was able to export these back to Europe, as well.  In 1619, these Poles were not allowed to vote, so they refused to work.  Fearing both the immediate impact plus the long-term impications of recruiting future craftsmen to the colony, the General Assembly of Virginia almost retracted their policy and allowed the men to vote.

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First known North American strike was 1619 Jamestown Polish Craftsman’s Strike

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