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Passaic (pəsāˈĭk) [key], city (1990 pop. 58,041), Passaic co., NE N.J., a port on the Passaic River; settled 1678 by Dutch traders as Acquackanonk, named Passaic 1854, inc. as a city 1873. Formerly a great textile center, it now produces rubber goods, factory equipment, chemicals, plastics, aluminum foil, and other goods. The city has been the scene of considerable labor unrest; an Industrial Workers of the World strike occurred in 1912, and an important strike in protest against a wage cut and involving the right of assembly occurred in 1926.

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