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African-American Laundry Women Go on Strike in Atlanta · SHEC: Resources for Teachers

African-American Laundry Women Go on Strike in Atlanta · SHEC: Resources for Teachers

In July 1881, African-American laundry women in Atlanta formed the Washing Society and organized a strike to gain higher wages and respect for their labor. Utilizing door-to-door canvassing and with the support of black churches, the Society quickly increased its membership from twenty to three thousand. Aside from the "Letter to Mr. James English," written by the washerwomen themselves, these articles from the ...

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