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Many of the manuscripts that came in the trunk of Earl C. Davis’ writings were “singles,” held together with a push-pin or sometimes a loop of string. In some cases, manuscripts were collected together in a group, as with the four manuscripts presented under this heading.

Written shortly after the start of the 1918 Pittsfield General Electric strike, Davis considers "the labor problem" and puts it into context with the Industrial Revolution's development as well as the gap between owners and workers in new labor environments. Davis was deeply involved in this strike, appointed by the War Labor Board to serve as the local administrator for its duration. His manuscript ends concludes with a long quote from William Ellery Channing's "Honor Due to All Men."

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Earl Clement Davis, minister, Unitarianism, religion, Pittsfieldm Massachusetts, labor, strikes

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The Significance of Labor Strikes from the Point of View of Evolution of Religion [Regarding the 1918 Pittsfield General Electric Strike] [Three Bound Bundle]



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