Longshoreman's Strike (The Poor Man's Family)

DESCRIPTION: "I am a simple lab'ring man / And I work along the shores / For to keep the hungry wolves away / From the poor longshoreman's door." The singer demands fair pay for his work. He complains that foreigners get the jobs while local people starve
AUTHOR: Words: Edward Harrigan / Music: David Braham
EARLIEST DATE: 1875
KEYWORDS: strike foreigner poverty
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
1875 - Longshoreman's strike that inspired this song. Most of the strikers were Irish immigrants
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
FSCatskills 377, "The Poor Man's Family" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warner 28, "Longshoreman's Strike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Dean, pp. 82-83, "Long Shoreman's Strike" (1 text)
Greenway-AFP, p. 236, "Longshoreman's Strike" (1 text)

ST FSC101 (Partial)
Roud #7461
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Last Winter Was a Hard One" (theme)
NOTES: For background on Harrigan and Braham, see the notes to "Babies on Our Block." - RBW
File: FSC101

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