BACKGROUND OF INTERVIEW
Marianna Costa grew up in a Paterson, New Jersey,
neighborhood close to several weaving plants. She began working in the
Arrow Peace Dye Works in 1932. In this 1994 interview she recalls her
involvement in a 1933 textile workers strike. Marianna realized the power
of organized workers and became involved in union matters. Soon after
the strike, she was elected to an office in her union local.
Date of Interview: August 10,
Interviewer: David Alan Taylor for the Paterson Folklife
...I didn't understand when the girls in the department
I was in said, "We're going to go out." The chanting outside
of the window, that's my first recollection. There was chanting outside
of our work windows, and a big group of people. I guess they initially
started by the Wideman plant. . . . and in Riverside you start in one
place and you go down [and] you weave in and out. It's all dye plants.
So that if you made your run you would call these people out and they
would join in that line. And they'd go to the next plant and there was
a bigger line. And the line kept getting bigger and bigger. The crowd
instead of being one hundred was two hundred. Two hundred would get three
hundred. By the time they got to our plant half the street was just a
crowd of people. And they'd say, "Come on out. Join us. We're going
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