Big Annie of Calumet: A True Story of the Industrial Revolution

Big Annie of Calumet: A True Story of the Industrial Revolution

by Jerry Stanley, S. Boughton
     
 

Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Award-winning author Jerry Stanley tells a true story of the Industrial Revolution and the role women played in the early history of America's labot unions. Annie Clemenc was the wife of a miner in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. When the miners struck in 1913, Annie led them in daily protest demonstrations, only to

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Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Award-winning author Jerry Stanley tells a true story of the Industrial Revolution and the role women played in the early history of America's labot unions. Annie Clemenc was the wife of a miner in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. When the miners struck in 1913, Annie led them in daily protest demonstrations, only to suffer beatings and imprisonment. But her determination inspired the miners to continue to strike against great odds. Gripping and informative, this is a story that illustrates the experience of the industrial laborers who built modern America.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpStanley documents the events of a historic labor strike against the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 1913. While Big Annie Clemenc was certainly one of the more remarkable figures involved in the dispute, the book is not her story per se, for the strike is really the focus. Little is known about the Croatian miner's wife beyond the fact that she mobilized supporters and led a parade of labor sympathizers every morning for a year and occasionally engaged in acts of civil disobedience. She was known for her loud voice, her valiant dedication to her cause, and her strong attachment to her country and its flag. The strike is significant for the rights it established for workers and the violent bullying tactics of the Boston-based copper company. The documentary evidence and numerous archival photographs of places, people, and events support the readable presentation. Strangely, even though Annie was said to be a favorite of the press, there is really only one good photo of her. A fascinating look at U. S. labor history and conditions and a glimpse at one of its long-ignored heroines.Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Hazel Rochman
More than six feet tall, defiant, and outspoken, 25-year-old Annie Clemenc, "Big Annie," of Calumet led a group of striking miners and their wives and children in daily protest demonstrations that dragged on for months against the powerful mine company and the state militia in Upper Michigan in 1913. The protest ended in tragedy when someone unknown yelled "Fire!" at the miners' Christmas party, and 75 people, mostly children, were killed in the panic. This isn't a biography: we learn only the bare outline of Big Annie's personal story, seeing her always in her larger-than-life activist public role. Rather, she's the focus of Stanley's account of the American industrial revolution and the new immigrants' struggle to form trade unions and improve their appalling working conditions. Illustrated with stirring contemporary black-and-white photos, this history pays tribute to working people, "who made America rich and powerful . . . a better place to live and work." Like Colman's "Rosie the Riveter" (1995) and Kraft's "Mother Jones" (1995), this is a welcome addition to the much neglected history of labor and of women's role in the workplace. A detailed bibliographic note lists sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517700983
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

* Jerry Stanley was born in Highland Park, Michigan in 1941.  When he was seventeen years old, he joined the air force and was stationed in California, where he has lived ever since.

* Once out of the air force, Jerry went to college, during which time he supported himself as a rock-'n'-roll drummer on the weekends.  He received both his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona.  

* Jerry is now is a professor of history at California State University in Bakersfield, where he teaches courses on the American West, the American Indian, and California history.  In addition to his children's books, Jerry is the author of numerous articles for both scholarly journals and popular magazines.

* Among Jerry's hobbies are bowling, racquetball, fishing, drumming, and writing humor.  He and his wife, Dorothy, have four children and live in Bakersfield, CA.  

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