Strike: A concerted stopping of work or withdrawl from workers' services, as to compel as to compel a worker to acede to workers' demands or in protest against terms and coniditions imposed by an employer (dictionary.com 2016).
People will go on strike for a multitude of reasons, mainly because they are upset with their employer, the conditions of their workplace are not suitable, and perhaps because their wages are not as high as they desire. The intent of these strikes is to send this company broke and out of business, and to gain awareness for the cause that the workers are fighting for.
Market Basket employees crowd the streets of this town, demading that their original CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, be granted full ownership of the company (Credit: WBZ News, July 25, 2014).
Black people would organize strikes primarily to protest against racial inequality in America, particulary in Southern states such as Alabama and Arkansas. They felt that if blacks worked equally as well as whites in their respective occupations, they should receive the same amount of pay, respect, and rights. However, one trend that has been observed by historians is that strikes were mainly conducted by black people of the working class. Because these people often did not have the publicity that middle class African-Americans had and did not have the power to initiate more formal and organized movements, strikes were often their best option.
One example of this principle is the 1943 strike at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, that occured in Winston-Salem, NC
Black employees celebrate the outcome of their successful strike against their tobacco plant (Credit: The Winston-Salem Journal, 1947).
Attached below are some other examples of strikes organized during this time period