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Shredding PaperThe Rise and Fall of Maine's Mighty Paper Industry$
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Michael G. Hillard

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501753152

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501753152.001.0001

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Shredding Paper

Michael G. Hillard

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the sporadic actions by local Maine woodcutters that began in the early 1970s and evolved into a movement by 1975. It details how the movement erupted in protest in October 1975, when hundreds of Maine's woodcutters picketed at mills across the state and attended meetings and protests hosted by the Maine Woodmen's Association (MWA). It also mentions labor historian Leon Fink, who characterized the woodcutters movement as one of the exotic examples of the mid-1970s upsurge in labor activism that swept the United States. The chapter talks about how the MWA pressed paper companies to redress low and infrequent pay and the consequent worsening of the pulp peonage that stressed debt-laden small contractors. It cites the growth of the MWA action out of a hothouse atmosphere of wide frustration by Maine citizen loggers.

Keywords:   Maine woodcutters, Maine Woodmen's Association, MWA, Leon Fink, labor activism, pulp peonage, Maine citizen loggers

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