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Workers Ready to 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034867.003.0016
Workers Ready to Strike

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This chapter focuses on the Loray strike. Following the mass demonstration, Ellen Dawson talked about the “deplorable” conditions in which the Loray workers lived, how poorly the working women were dressed, and the poor quality of food that was available in the local stores, despite finding some of the highest prices she had ever seen. Company stores, it must be remembered, were another way mill owners took advantage of their workers. As for the workers themselves and their enthusiasm for the union, Dawson said, “she found a very fine type of womanhood” in Gastonia, pointing out that “regardless of nationality, if you agitate them sufficiently they will become full of fire.”

Keywords: workers strike; working condition; women workers; living condition; mill owners; labor union

Chapter.  2679 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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