The Po-Boy sandwich and labor solidarity: On July 1, 1929, more than 1,000 streetcar workers went on strike in New Orleans. Lasting four months, this is considered to be the last in an era of streetcar strikes. When scabs were brought in from NY, many in New Orleans rallied to support the strikers including former streetcar workers/union members Clovis and Benjamin Martin who owned a small restaurant. They wrote this letter: “To the striking Carmen Division 194, We are with you till h—l freezes and when it does, we will furnish blankets to keep you warm.” They provided free sandwiches to the “po’ boys” on strike, hence the sandwich’s name.
Photos from strike: http://bit.ly/LcdwfY Short video documentary on the strike, Streetcar Stories: http://bit.ly/PAbrp Here are more resources for teaching outside the textbook about labor history: http://bit.ly/13o6H0T
Via Zinn Education Project