Strike!: The Radical Insurrections of Ellen Dawson by David Lee McMullen

By David Lee McMullen

"Very little has been written in regards to the historical past of pre-World conflict II exertions leaders, specially of working-class girls. This ebook fills within the gaps by means of tracing the background of Ellen Dawson via Scotland, England, and the U.S.. someone attracted to exertions heritage or women's background will locate this ebook of serious use."--Daniel Lee Georgianna, college of Massachusetts, Dartmouth "Paints a vibrant portrait of the folks, locations, and occasions that formed Dawson and that she, in flip, formed. deals attention-grabbing comparisons and contrasts among the hard work struggles of an ethnically diversified workforce within the northeast and people of a principally homogenous white operating category south."--Mary Anne Trasciatti, Hofstra collage. this can be the 1st biography of Ellen Dawson (1900-1967), a Scottish girl who participated in 3 of the most important and such a lot dramatic cloth moves in U.S. history--Passaic, New Jersey; New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Gastonia, North Carolina. She helped manage the nationwide fabric staff Union and have become the 1st lady elected to a countrywide management place in an American fabric union. She spent her youth within the Glasgow region as a tender employee in the course of Scotland's such a lot radical interval of work background. along with her family members she moved first to England after which to the USA looking for monetary survival. As a cloth employee in Passaic, she grew to become a pacesetter within the communist-inspired strike of 1926. Later a hard work activist operating with either the yank Federation of work and the Communist social gathering, she traveled to the Soviet Union and used to be elected to the administrative committee of the yank Communist occasion. David McMullen investigates Dawson's history and the occasions surrounding her existence, in addition to the occasions she participated in to appreciate why she turned a number one hard work activist. This impressive biography presents an unequalled standpoint of early American communists through the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, one who ignores the distortions so more often than not utilized in the course of the chilly battle.

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But for a while, for some reason, we had an aunt and uncle staying in one room. On the left there was a fireplace—a hob—black, with a deep-grated fire, ovens, with steel candles on either side and a large kettle and pans on the top. Immediately to the left of the door was a large bed recess and in the exact centre of the room wall on the left was the sink and the windows looking onto the Glasgow Road. When we could only use one room we slept six in a bed, with the youngest brother at the top, in front of my father, who slept with his arms around young Alex in case the wee fella fell out during the night.

The Halfords still lived at Newton Place in Nitshill, with four of their children—Daniel, Patrick, Grace, and Ellen, ages twenty-four to fifteen. 28 Patrick and Annie Dawson do not appear in the 1901 Scottish Census. Without explanation, the census taker failed to collect information from individuals living between 203 and 239 Main Street in Barrhead. 29 As for the day-to-day life of the Dawson family, few specific details survive. There are, however, several important observations that can be made about Dawson’s family during these early years.

However, Betty Dawson, Dawson’s niece, believed the family were members. This is supported by a variety of evidence. Comparing the cooperative’s membership with the population of the community indicates that approximately one in every four residents was a member, a number that jumps to one in two when children are excluded. Recognizing that many single adults lived at home with their parents seems to indicate that most families had at least one cooperative member. ”5 So, even if the Dawsons were not active members of the cooperative, they were certainly aware of its numerous community activities and were influenced by the opinions of its members.

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