The Children's Exodus

The Children's Exodus

This is a cartoon that appeared in I.W.W. publications during the strike. The caption reads: "On February 24 and 25, soldiers and policemen forcibly prevented parents from sending their children away from Lawrence to cities that offered food and shelter." It depicts the aforementioned "Children's Exodus" which gave the strikers considerable sympathetic attention across the country. Cartoons like this one and detailed narratives of the events of the arrest of women and children on February 24th appeared in many American newspapers. This graphic shows a police officer holding back a crowd of destitute looking women and children. They are shown streaming out of "Lawrence, Mass, - The Hunger City - Dividends for Mill-Owners - Starvation Wages for Workers". On the left side of the graphic is an angelic figure titled "Sympathy" with open arms accepting the workers of Lawrence to the "Homes of the Workers of Other Cities" with offer "Let the Children Come".