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Dawson's Final Years

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/9780813034867.003.0020
Dawson's Final Years

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Dawson made her last known speech as a labor activist in 1931 when the Great Depression was well under way. No longer a member of the Soviet-controlled Communist Party, it appears that Dawson, like so many American workers of the time, focused on her family and their survival. From the available records, it is clear she continued working in the Passaic area until her retirement in 1966. During this thirty-five-year period, she married, endured the death of her mother and her older sister, Mary, assisted several of her Scottish relatives in moving to the United States, and returned to her native Scotland on brief holidays.

Keywords: family; retirement; labor activist; American workers; immigrant workers; United States

Chapter.  2492 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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