Southern Textile Workers

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:
Southern Textile Workers

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Dawson was the first woman organizer to arrive in North Carolina. As a result, she played a pivotal role in what is perhaps the most infamous strike in the history of the southern textile industry—the 1929 strike at the Loray Mill in Gastonia. She proved herself the most effective organizer on the scene, leading the Gastonia strikers, men and women alike. Despite the subsequent involvement of other women activists in the Gastonia strike, women who represented a variety of organizations, Dawson remained at the forefront, owing to two unique characteristics that distinguished her from her female colleagues: first being the only woman activist and second, her Scottish birth.

Keywords: southern textile workers; workers strike; textile industry; woman activist; communism; Dawson

Chapter.  2638 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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