On to America

David Lee McMullen

in Strike!

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034867
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038674 | DOI:
On to America

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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

Chapter.  3501 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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