Breaking Their Chains: Mary Macarthur and the Chainmakers' Strike of 1910
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ISBN : 9781905192649
Category : British History
Format : Paperback
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For two months in the autumn of 1910, hundreds of women chain makers in the Black Country struck against their employers and won a minimum wage which doubled their invomes. Women who had no vote, who were largely illiterate, who worked a 54-hour week for a pittance and had to take their children to work with them took on their bosses and proved their economic power. Tony Barnsley tells the largely forgotten story of the strike, a prelude to the Great Unrest which swept Britain in 1911 and of the remarkable figure of Mary Macarthur, the woman who led the campaign.

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