Library of Congress


The Library of Congress > Teachers > Classroom Materials > Presentations and Activities > Pages from Her Story
Library of Congress Her Story Home Additional Resources Features & Activities
Time Line 1763-1783 Time Line 1783-1815 Time Line 1815-1860 Time Line 1861-1877 Time Line 1876-1900 Time Line 1900-1929 Time Line 1929-1945 Time Line 1945-1968
Interview with Marianna Costa, 1930's

Great Depression/World War II, 1929-1945 Great Depression/World War II

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.
Related items >

Tear Image

Date of Interview: August 10, 1994

Interviewer: David Alan Taylor for the Paterson Folklife Project

...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 to strike...

Learn more about Marianna Costa and listen to the rest of the interview.