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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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Southern Textile Workers

Southern Textile Workers

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(p.138) 15 Southern Textile Workers
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Strike!
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David Lee McMullen

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034867.003.0015

Dawson was the first woman organizer to arrive in North Carolina. As a result, she played a pivotal role in what is perhaps the most infamous strike in the history of the southern textile industry—the 1929 strike at the Loray Mill in Gastonia. She proved herself the most effective organizer on the scene, leading the Gastonia strikers, men and women alike. Despite the subsequent involvement of other women activists in the Gastonia strike, women who represented a variety of organizations, Dawson remained at the forefront, owing to two unique characteristics that distinguished her from her female colleagues: first being the only woman activist and second, her Scottish birth.

Keywords:   southern textile workers, workers strike, textile industry, woman activist, communism, Dawson

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