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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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Barrhead

Barrhead

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(p.11) 2 Barrhead
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Strike!
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David Lee McMullen

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034867.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the life and developments at Barrhead, Ellen Dawson's birthplace. One of Scotland's earliest industrial towns, Barrhead emerged in 1780 through a partnership of merchants from nearby Glasgow and the more distant Lancashire in England. In the eighteenth century water was the primary source of industrial power, and for that reason the partnership built a cotton mill on the river Levern, creating a new town for the mill workers. In 1827, the Glasgow Free Press noted how rapidly the village was transformed during the following decades.

Keywords:   Barrhead, birthplace, industrial town, mill workers, Ellen Dawson, Glasgow metropolitan area

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