Boston Police Strike

Boston Police Strike

Strike in 1919 by most of Boston's police force to protest the police commissioner's decision to deny them the right to unionize. The mayor called in the city militia to restore order and break the strike; Gov. Calvin Coolidge later sent in the state militia, which gave him a reputation as a strong supporter of law and order and led to his nomination as vice president on the 1920 Republican ticket.

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