September 19, 2010

History detection

Noticed on a today-in-history site that September 19, 1911, is known as Red Tuesday. a day when 20,000 people marched for universal rights.

It says  so here and here and  here and several other places.

Curiously, they all use the exact same wording.  Anyway, it sounded interesting and worth a bit of research.  Actually, a lot of research. But the usual sources – Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian, Wikipedia and so on – don’t have any information on ‘Red Tuesday.’

What does emerge is a picture of 1911 as an interesting year, in the Chinese epigram sense – it starts with the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the march that followed, moves on to the arrest of the McNamara brothers for the bombing of the LA Times.  You can find W.E.B. DuBois speaking at the Universal Races Congress in London in July and throughout the year marches and protests in support of women’s suffrage.  It was of course, a year of revolution in China and the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty.

Finally, there was a major labor protest in Champagne, France, the culmination of years of struggle by vineyard workers for higher wages.  This protest did involve red flags.

But there is no mention of a Red Tuesday.  Twenty thousand people is surely a noticeable number but they seem to have disappeared from history.  Assuming they existed – and I do – someone must know something.  If anyone has heard of Red Tuesday, please let me know.

In the meantime, enjoy this photo from the Library of Congress.  It’s described simply as a portrait of women protesters, but it looks like they should be protesting bad hats.



  1. Hey, those hats are cute. Visualize the Queen Mum.


    Comment by Carol — September 19, 2010 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  2. “Red Tuesday?” You’ve got me…never heard of it. But like all of your blogs…the world should hear of it.
    Those protesting woman….not dressed for protesting…more like coy flirtations…we know better now.


    Comment by GALYA TARMU — September 19, 2010 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  3. never heard of that…


    Comment by Nina — September 20, 2010 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

  4. funny


    Comment by avery zia — September 21, 2010 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  5. Wikipedia suggests a source: “Record of Current Events”, The American Monthly Review of Reviews (October 1911), pp415-4
    Not online, but any library ought to be able to get hold of it.


    Comment by Lars Finsen — September 19, 2011 @ 2:45 am | Reply

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