Mother Jones; Fierce Fighter for Workers' Rights

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A biography of Mary Harris Jones, the union organizer who worked tirelessly for the rights of workers.

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A biography of Mary Harris Jones, the union organizer who worked tirelessly for the rights of workers.

A biography of Mary Harris Jones, the union organizer who worked tirelessly for the rights of workers.

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Los Angeles Times
The book, named one of the best of 1997 by the School Library Journal, follows the life of Mary Harris Jones...The text, suitable for grades six and above, is accompanied by dozens of historic photos that help bring to life the suffering of those Mother Jones championed.
Kevin Baxter, May 21, 1998
The Horn Book Guide
Josephson draws on Mother Jones' letters, speeches, and auto- biography (among other sources) to quote her, "complete with her own misspellings, her own hasty punctuation--and the sometimes peppery words she herself chose" in this spirited portrait of "The Miners' Angel." The result is a biography as deliberate, focused, and accessible as its subject. Archival photos are included.
January-June 1997
Children's Literature - Sherri Byrand
Mother Jones was a feisty champion of workers' rights who didn't let old age stop her from climbing muddy mountains to reach miners. "Don't be afraid," Jones exhorted strikers, "Fear is the greatest curse we have. I never was anywhere yet that I feared anybody. I do what I think is right..." The book takes a straightforward chronological approach. Although it tells more than shows, it introduces readers to a brave woman who deserves attention and to important topics, including the harsh conditions that child workers endured.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up--An account of the life and work of the outspoken labor organizer and reformer loaded with her own fiery words and indomitable spirit. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpMother Jones was a fascinating figure even before her life as a labor organizer began. She lost her entire family in an epidemic just after the Civil War. Widowed, she traveled from Memphis to Chicago and set herself up as an independent seamstress, but lost her entire business in the great fire. She then turned to organizing labor, most specifically in mining. Perhaps as a replacement for her lost family, she took on the "boys" in the mines as a surrogate family, looking after their interests and urging them to organize and take action. Josephson brings this remarkable woman to life through well-documented sources and photographs of Jones and the environs in which she worked. The author deals gracefully with the various gaps that exist in Jones's life and with her wonderfully apt and grammatically lapsed letters. An accessible, genuine volume on a worthy figure in our history.Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822549246
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Lerner Biographies Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 143
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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