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Author Biography: A former 8th-grade English teacher, Susan Campbell Bartoletti writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Black Potatoes is the winner of the ALA Sibert Award for Best Information book, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Distinguished Nonfiction, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Nonfiction award. She lives with her family in Moscow, PA.
Describes the conditions and treatment that drove workers, including many children, to various strikes, from the mill workers strikes in 1828 and 1836 and the coal strikes at the turn of the century to the work of Mother Jones on behalf of child workers.
"A comprehensive examination of the socioeconomic factors that spurred the formation of child organized strikes, this historical tour de force elucidates why child labor laws were developed and continue to be such a necessity. Bartoletti (No Man's Land, p. 627, etc.) looks at the major industries that profited from the exploitation of child labor and how those employed by such operations worked to create a better environment for themselves and others. While there is mention of the Newsie Strike' in New York City and the fate of the sharecroppers in the southern cotton industry, the garment and coal mining industries loom as the real villains in child labor issues. Bartoletti provides numerous examples of how debilitating poverty drove entire families to work in utter squalor and suffer cruel treatment at the hands of profit-driven conglomerates. Personal stories illuminate the wretched conditions under which many of these children labored, with a focus on the instances when a child mobilized fellow workers to demand their rights. The grit and determination of these children who, in the face of police abuse, bureaucratic negligence, and governmental (even presidential) indifference, banded together for a common cause, and the startling black-and-white photographs, ensure that readers will be alternately awed and appalled by this stunning account of child labor in the US." Kirkus Reviews
"Through personal narratives and powerful photographs and reproductions, this book tells the dynamic story of child labor in America and the efforts to organize to achieve social justice." School Library Journal
Posted May 20, 2008
The title of the book is Kids on Strike. The author of the book is Susan Campbell Bartoletti. The book is mainly about kids working in the mills. They try to organize a strike because of the harsh conditions, they also do not get paid enough. The author sends the message accross perfectly. She uses great detail to engage the reader with facts from the time period. I liked how the kids had the courage to organize a strike union. i don't know why some more adults didn't stand up for the cause. You would enjoy this book if you like history, and if you like it when the little people stand up for what they know is right.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2008
In the beginning of this book you learn about the work conditions and jobs of the workers in the mills during the 1800's. Then Susan Bartoletti starts talking about the different strikes and petitions set forth by the workers. Finally she talks about the effect all this had on slavery. This book isn't a story really it's an organized recitation of facts in a series. It does make you want to know what happens next more out of to finish it, rather than because you are worried or excited. I liked the pictures of the time period-not only could you imagine what was going on, but you could see how close my imagination was to what it really looked like. Nothing in this book really confused me, because we had just finished learning about the industrial revolution in history and we were reading Lyddie,another book on the mill life, in class. My only question was why did people treat there workers terribly if they were getting a profit out of them. I think that someone who might enjoy this book would be someone who enjoys American history. I also think that kids now-a-days would come to see how much harder it was back then and stop taking their life for granted. Overall this was a good book and some people might enjoy it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.