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After five months, the employers brought in blackleg labour, and when the detested `knobsticks' failed to break the strike they had the operatives' leaders arrested. These moves did not deter the cotton workers, who were forced back to work only when their financial reserves were exhausted. Their campaign ended defiantly, as it had begun, with cries of `Ten Per Cent still, and no surrender'. References: Dutton,H.I. & King J. E. Ten Per Cent and No Surrender The Preston Strike, 1853-1854 (Cambridge University Press 2008)

 

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