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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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Workers Ready to Strike

Workers Ready to Strike

(p.144) 16 Workers Ready to Strike

David Lee McMullen

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the Loray strike. Following the mass demonstration, Ellen Dawson talked about the “deplorable” conditions in which the Loray workers lived, how poorly the working women were dressed, and the poor quality of food that was available in the local stores, despite finding some of the highest prices she had ever seen. Company stores, it must be remembered, were another way mill owners took advantage of their workers. As for the workers themselves and their enthusiasm for the union, Dawson said, “she found a very fine type of womanhood” in Gastonia, pointing out that “regardless of nationality, if you agitate them sufficiently they will become full of fire.”

Keywords:   workers strike, working condition, women workers, living condition, mill owners, labor union

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