Strike!: The Radical Insurrections of Ellen Dawson by David Lee McMullen

By David Lee McMullen

"Very little has been written in regards to the history of pre-World struggle II exertions leaders, in particular of working-class girls. This e-book fills within the gaps by way of tracing the background of Ellen Dawson via Scotland, England, and the USA. an individual drawn to exertions historical past or women's heritage will locate this booklet of significant use."--Daniel Lee Georgianna, college of Massachusetts, Dartmouth "Paints a vibrant portrait of the folks, areas, and occasions that formed Dawson and that she, in flip, formed. bargains attention-grabbing comparisons and contrasts among the hard work struggles of an ethnically diversified workforce within the northeast and people of a mostly homogenous white operating type south."--Mary Anne Trasciatti, Hofstra collage. this is often the 1st biography of Ellen Dawson (1900-1967), a Scottish girl who participated in 3 of the most important and so much dramatic fabric moves in U.S. history--Passaic, New Jersey; New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Gastonia, North Carolina. She helped manage the nationwide fabric employees Union and have become the 1st girl elected to a countrywide management place in an American fabric union. She spent her adolescence within the Glasgow zone as a tender employee in the course of Scotland's such a lot radical interval of work background. together with her relatives she moved first to England after which to the USA looking for monetary survival. As a cloth employee in Passaic, she grew to become a pace-setter within the communist-inspired strike of 1926. Later a exertions activist operating with either the yank Federation of work and the Communist occasion, she traveled to the Soviet Union and was once elected to the administrative committee of the yankee Communist get together. David McMullen investigates Dawson's heritage and the occasions surrounding her lifestyles, in addition to the occasions she participated in to appreciate why she grew to become a number one exertions activist. This striking biography offers an unmatched viewpoint of early American communists through the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, person who ignores the distortions so normally utilized throughout the chilly battle.

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Your heart would break for them, seeing the way they had to work, and the conditions they had to put up with. ” The work was hard and dirty. “Cisterns were made in a box, with sand. They ran the sand into one box, then into Barrhead · 15 the other—it was made in two halves—to make one pattern, and then they smoothed off the shell they’d made and they’d lift the holder of molten metal and put it on the top. They had two holes in the top, and they’d pour the molten metal into that. ” The same process was used to make bathtubs, wash basins, and bidets.

The usual course of events would have been for Patrick to marry Annie as soon as he established a regular income of a pound a week. 21 Until their marriage, most young men and women lived at home22 and contributed to the support of their parents and younger siblings. As one contemporary noted: “Most Edwardian elders in the lower working-class . . looked upon it as a natural right that children, after leaving school, should work to compensate parents for all the ‘kept’ years of childhood. ”23 Once married, women in Barrhead typically gave up their jobs and assumed the domestic responsibilities for the family.

Drainage was non-existent. I think in the earliest days we were nearly all bare-footed, and being ankle-deep in cold, wet mud is quite demoralizing. 20 · Strike! The Radical Insurrections of Ellen Dawson Even worse was the job of trying not to get your feet wet another way. The lavatory, that served one half of the building, was opposite the close back door. It was often out of action and the material it was supposed to consume could be found all over the floor, and often outside. Eventually my father made some sort of receptacle which was placed in a small closet in our lobby for our use.

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