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"What We Learned at Unity House."

A trade union is something more than an organization to fight for our rights, to increase our wages in the shop. It is also a great cooperative group which should spend together as well as earn together, which should enjoy together as well as suffer together, which should learn together as well as fight together… We learned at Unity House that there is a mysterious bond between working sisters just as there is between sisters in a family. And we only wished that devotion and that sisterhood would have more opportunity to lift its head in our shops.

Pauline Newman, “Unity House,” The Message, February 23, 1917. Quoted in Annelise Orleck, Common Sense and a Little Fire (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995), 177.

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In this excerpt from Common Sense and A Little Fire, Pauline Newman is quoted as she describes what union members learn at Unity House, an ILGWU camp.
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Newman, Pauline
University of North Carolina Press
Common Sense and a Little Fire
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June 17, 1905

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