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Union Boys, song lyrics
Song: Union Boys
Crowd around me here, union boys,
Beal(2) was sent from Bedford(3),
Manville-Jenckes(5) betrays us,
The Gazette(8) is against us,
So clumb up on the ties, union boys,
1 - All that we know about Kermit Harden was that he was a striking Loray Mills worker in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1929.
2 - Fred Beal was a labor organizer with the National Textile Workers Union, NTWU.
3 - New Bedford, Massachusetts, where the NTWU was founded in September of 1928.
4 - Loray Mill Project, from the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill.
5 - Manville-Jenckes was a corporate conglomerate formed in 1923, that owned many texile mills, including the Loray Mill.
6 - Sorry we have no citations for "T. A. Smith", but if you do, please go to the About page at the top menu and send us an email about it. Thank you.
7 - Sorry, no citiations for "Painter" though we do know a Painter family lived at the time in Gastonia.
8 - The Gastonia Daily Gazette, the local newspaper that was very pro-business.
9 - George Pershing, was a young assistant to Fred Beal with the National Textile Workers
10 - North Carolina Workers Strike in Gastonia from the University of North Carolina.
11 - Gastonia Textile Strike of 1929, North Carolina.
12 - A Historic Textile Mill Begins a New Chapter, by C.J. Hughes, New York Times, May 7, 2013.