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Guards Shoot 20 Striking Workers in New Jersey

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On January 4, 1915 employees at the American Agricultural Chemical Company at Roosevelt, New Jersey went on strike demanding a minimum wage of $2/day in place of $1.60/day. A posse of deputy sheriffs, employees of the Jerry O’Brien Detective Agency, were detailed to the strike, armed with rifles and handguns. The strikers were unarmed.

On January 19, 1915 50 guards employed by the Agricultural Fertilizer Chemical Company in Chrome, New Jersey, open fire on 250 unarmed striking workers, killing two people and wounding eighteen others.

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