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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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On to America

On to America

(p.59) 7 On to America

David Lee McMullen

University Press of Florida

As economic condition worsened in Millgate, the Dawson family, like thousands of other British workers, turned their sights toward the United States and other parts of the English-speaking world, joining the massive postwar migration of working-class families leaving Scotland and England. This chapter gives a detailed account of their voyage in The SS Cedric. For instance, as a young woman, Ellen Dawson was also questioned separately by a matron to ascertain her moral character, and to make certain that she was not being lured to the United States to become a prostitute.

Keywords:   voyage, postwar migration, working class, Scotland, United States, employment opportunity

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