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Author Raw, Louise

Title Striking a light : the Bryant and May Matchwomen and their place in history / Louise Raw
Published London ; New York, N.Y. : Continuum, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 286 pages) : illustrations, 1 map
Summary This is the story of one of the most important strikes in labour history revealing the significance and truth of what actually happened. In July 1888, fourteen hundred women and girls employed by the matchmakers Bryant and May walked out of their East End factory and into the history books. Louise Raw gives us a challenging new interpretation of events proving that the women themselves, not celebrity socialists like Annie Besant, began it. She provides unequivocal evidence to show that the matchwomen greatly influenced the Dock Strike of 1889, which until now was thought to be the key event of
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-281) and index
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Subject Labor unions -- Great Britain -- History
Strikes and lockouts -- Match industry -- England -- London
Women in the labor movement -- Great Britain
Labor unions.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Labor & Industrial Relations.
Strikes and lockouts -- Match industry.
Women in the labor movement.
England -- London.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1441121048