Martyr of Loray Mill: Ella May and the 1929 Textile Workers’ Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Horton, is the great granddaughter of Ella May Wiggins, who was the balladeer of the strike and who gave voice to the effort to gain better wages, decent housing and the 40-hour work week. She was also the martyr of the movement, assassinated on her way to a strike event, leaving 5 children orphaned and the unborn baby she carried, dead with her.
Readers interested in Labor History or Southern History should read this book. Ella May Wiggins was another woman whose strength, convictions, and talents were nearly lost in the oblivion of history not told. Finding these women who shaped our world is the other half of history--the half we might otherwise never know without the efforts of authors like Kristina Horton.