Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream

Hardcover (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$18.71
(Save 25%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 92%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (26) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $5.70   
  • Used (23) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$5.70
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(965)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
2005-08-18 Hardcover New New Item. Item delivered via UPS in 7-9 business days. Tracking available by request Ships from US. Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery outside US.

Ships from: Appleton, WI

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$32.69
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(273)

Condition: New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(164)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

"The 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was a watershed moment in American history, as significant as the Haymarket bombing in Chicago and the Triangle fire in New York. In Bread and Roses, Bruce Watson provides a long-overdue account of the strike, which began when textile workers stormed out of the mills in Lawrence on a frigid January day. Despite owners' predictions to the contrary, the walkout soon became a protracted Dickensian drama that included twenty-three thousand strikers from fifty-one nations singing as they paraded through Lawrence, bayonet-toting militiamen patrolling the streets, and the daring evacuation of the strikers' tattered and hungry children to Manhattan, where they lived with strangers and wrote loving letters to their parents on the picket line." Based on newspaper accounts, magazine reportage, and oral histories, Bread and Roses is vividly narrated and teeming with colorful characters. These include rags-to-riches mill owner William Wood, feisty organizer Angelo Rocco, "Rebel Girl" Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and radical labor leader "Big Bill" Haywood. A rousing history with the narrative drive of a novel, Bread and Roses is the true tale of a strike that became the fabric of a community and an inspiration to workers around the world. As the first full-length account of one of the twentieth century's most riveting struggles, it is also an important contribution to American history.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Elsa Dixler
In place of romance, Watson offers a fast-paced, well-researched narrative. He finds room for sketches of the central players, like Angelo Rocco, an Italian former weaver who invited the Industrial Workers of the World, in the person of the organizer Joe Ettor, to Lawrence, as well as of the radical orators Haywood and Flynn and the millowner William Wood. He provides information about textile manufacturing and immigration in New England. He relies heavily on contemporary accounts, including those from the immigrant press, and he carefully sorts through rumors. Bread and Roses is packed with facts, but Watson, a journalist who has written for Smithsonian and The Boston Globe, makes it an exciting read.>br>— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Well sourced, evenhanded and briskly paced, Watson's account of the dramatic textile mill strike in Lawrence, Mass., during the icy winter of 1912 presents a panoramic glimpse of a half-forgotten America, one in which violent agitation and swift repression were often the order of the day. The story of how a polyglot mass of immigrants hailing from Syria to Scotland cohered into a powerful bargaining force is riveting in itself, and Watson (The Man Who Changed How Boys and Toys Were Made) places that struggle within the larger currents of reform that were slowly reshaping America. The cast includes self-made mill owner William Wood, who simply couldn't understand how "his" workers could betray him; Joseph Ettor, the union organizer who slept in a different bed every night to avoid reprisals; fiery Big Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn of the IWW and muckracker Ida Tarbell. The bloody strike was repressed from public memory in the hyperpatriotic years of WWI, later idealized by the labor movement in ways that downplayed union violence. This book's subtitle, and its contents, suggest that the "American Dream" enjoyed by the nation's middle class had to be taken by force by the working class and is by no means a permanent entitlement. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A vivid work of labor history, recounting a famed textile workers' strike of 1912. Lawrence, Mass., was a major center of textile manufacture in the early 1900s, and most of the work was done by immigrants-Italians, Portuguese, Greeks and others whom a nativist magazine called "the off-scourings of Southern Europe . . . [who] will not be assimilated [and] have no sympathy with our institutions." Apparently, journalist Watson records, one of those institutions was poor pay. The textile makers, organizing under the banner of radical labor unions such as the Industrial Workers of the World (which, Watson writes, "seemed to show up whenever labor unrest began to smolder"), complained about wages and working conditions, eliciting the response of another institution: when the workers went on strike in the winter of 1912, the mill owners prevailed upon the state to send in the militia, as if to lend credence to Jay Gould's observation, "I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half." Violence ensued, and workers died, including one Italian woman whom Watson nominates for residence in a Tomb of the Unknown Immigrant. Naturally, the violence was blamed on the workers. The strikers won wide sympathy, however, when they sent their hungry children down to New York City to stay with relatives; when the kids returned six or seven weeks later, well covered by the press, "they were plump-some had gained a dozen pounds or more-and well clothed." That was evidence enough to suggest to at least some contemporaries that the immigrants were indeed being misused, and in the wake of what has come to be known as the Bread and Roses strike, the textile workers actually came out ahead: theleading plant agreed to raise wages, to pay extra for overtime work and to rehire even the most vocal of the homegrown activists. And so it was-at least for a time, when bosses across the land returned with a vengeance. A fine reconstruction of events now too little remembered.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670033973
  • Publisher: Viking Adult
  • Publication date: 8/18/2005
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Watson is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been published in Smithsonian, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Examiner, Yankee Magazine, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 For two hours' pay 7
Ch. 2 Immigrant city 29
Ch. 3 The battle of the Merrimack 43
Ch. 4 Stars, stripes, and bayonets 62
Ch. 5 Dynamite 82
Ch. 6 Spinning out of control 102
Ch. 7 A nation divided 121
Ch. 8 The children's exodus 141
Ch. 9 Crackdown 162
Ch. 10 In congress, 1912 180
Ch. 11 An American tapestry 199
Ch. 12 "The flag of liberty is here" 217
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)