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Strike!The Radical Insurrections of Ellen Dawson$
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David Lee McMullen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034867

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034867.001.0001

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The 1928 New Bedford Strike

The 1928 New Bedford Strike

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(p.107) 12 The 1928 New Bedford Strike
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Strike!
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David Lee McMullen

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034867.003.0012

This chapter describes the changing role of Ellen Dawson in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Although she was not the first activist to arrive on the scene, she played a central and highly visible role in the 1928 strike of unskilled textile workers, a strike that lasted six months and involved more than thirty thousand women and men. She worked with all of the strikers, but especially with the women workers, who were a majority of the textile workers in New Bedford. Dawson helped organize and direct their activities, helped keep them motivated, and helped expand the strike to other textile centers within New England.

Keywords:   New Bedford strike, unskilled workers, textile workers, labor strike, women workers, textile centers

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