Women Chainmakers - The 'White Slaves' of England

Women Chainmakers - The 'White Slaves' of England

For decades the women of the Black Country - particularly around Cradley Heath - sweated in dark, cramped outhouses making thousands of links of chain.  In return they were paid pence.

This programme tells the story of how, lead by iconic women such as Mary Macarthur they fought for a better life in one of the most important episodes in Britain's labour history.

Listen to well known and respected social historian, Professor Carl Chinn.

Keywords: Chain making, women, trade union, labour, Black Country, Mary Macarthur, Cradley


Carl Chinn

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