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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 Passaic Textile Strike of 1926

The Passaic Textile Strike of 1926

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(p.75) 9 The Passaic Textile Strike of 1926
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Strike!
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David Lee McMullen

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034867.003.0009

Ellen Dawson gained prominence in the Passaic Textile Strike of 1926. It was in Passaic during 1926 that Dawson started her journey toward becoming one of the leading women labor activists in the campaign to better the working conditions of unskilled textile workers, especially women and immigrants. There are no surviving records explaining why Dawson decided to become a communist. From all indications, Dawson's brand of communism was an idealistic form of working-class communism that took a highly moral view of injustice and concentrated on the needs of the workers who struggled to survive at the very lowest economic levels of society.

Keywords:   Passaic Textile Strike, working condition, women workers, working class, communism, unskilled workers, textile workers

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