The 1928 New Bedford Strike

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:
The 1928 New Bedford Strike

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This chapter describes the changing role of Ellen Dawson in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Although she was not the first activist to arrive on the scene, she played a central and highly visible role in the 1928 strike of unskilled textile workers, a strike that lasted six months and involved more than thirty thousand women and men. She worked with all of the strikers, but especially with the women workers, who were a majority of the textile workers in New Bedford. Dawson helped organize and direct their activities, helped keep them motivated, and helped expand the strike to other textile centers within New England.

Keywords: New Bedford strike; unskilled workers; textile workers; labor strike; women workers; textile centers

Chapter.  5330 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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