The LEWISTON–AUBURN SHOE STRIKE of 1937 occurred in the cities of
Powers Hapgood , the New England secretary for the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) at the time, arrived in Lewiston on March 12 to coordinate the strike. was jailed for two months for contempt of court for his role in continuing the strike in the wake of an injunction by a Maine Supreme Judicial Court justice forbidding strike activity.
In 1992, Bates College professor Robert Branham made a 55-minute documentary about the strike called "Roughing the Uppers: the Great Shoe Strike of 1937".
Charles Scontras said of the strike, "In the shoe
strike, the wholesale violation of civil liberties prompted the
American Civil Liberties Union
In 2008, a mural depicting the history of Maine's workers, including a depiction of the Lewiston–Auburn shoe strike, was commissioned by Maine Arts Commission and put on display in the Maine Department of Labor. In March 2011, recently elected Republican Governor Paul LePage ordered the mural taken down, creating statewide controversy.
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