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ignorant of what had happened in Akron, although they may have been more influenced by what had happened in Paris, because there had been much more publicity about what happened in Paris.

At any rate, so far as I know this was the origin of the sit-down strike. We heard very little about it here. We heard hardly anything about the Akron strike in the papers. The Akron papers did mention the fact that they didn't leave their shop, but there was no name such as “sit-down” for it. The English say that in the history of English trade unionism there have been episodes that were called the “folded arms.” That meant that you sat in front of your machine - your loom usually in the early days of the factory system when the loom was first introduced - and refused to work. So it was not unheard of, but it certainly had not been a common practice.

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