The Cruel Years: American Voices at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

The Cruel Years: American Voices at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Laurie R. Lehman
     
 

The Cruel Years provides readers with a vivid picture of what life was like a hundred years ago, not for the rich and famous but for ordinary working Americans. The story is told in the words of twenty-two fascinating people who lived by laboring long hours at farms and factories and mines. A preface by Howard Zinn and an introduction by William Loren Katz

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Overview

The Cruel Years provides readers with a vivid picture of what life was like a hundred years ago, not for the rich and famous but for ordinary working Americans. The story is told in the words of twenty-two fascinating people who lived by laboring long hours at farms and factories and mines. A preface by Howard Zinn and an introduction by William Loren Katz provide an easy-to-follow historical map that places these hard-hitting, first-person narratives in the context of their troubled times and within the larger picture of U.S. growth and development.

Here are the no-nonsense words of a young immigrant trying to survive as a sweatshop operator in New York City, a hard working farmer's wife who has writing ambitions; a black southern sharecropper seeking fulfillment under a new system of slavery; a young Puerto Rican passing the Statue of Liberty and ready for new challenges; a Chinese immigrant, a Mexican immigrant, and a Japanese immigrant struggling to rise from lower rungs on the social and economic ladder; an Irish girl of sixteen deciding to become a political agitator; a black southern woman trying to fend off the hurts of Jim Crow; a coal miner telling of the lethal dangers of his work; and a black cowhand rejoicing in the thrill of the cattle trails.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807054536
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
04/14/2003
Edition description:
None
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

William Loren Katz is an award-winning author and historian. He is the author of more than forty titles, including the internationally acclaimed The Black West. Laurie R. Lehman, associate professor of education at Long Island University, has written extensively on culture and disability in U.S. education. They live in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Mary: Keeping a Job, Losing a Job41
Ross B. Moudy: Clashing Values in Colorado's Mines47
A Farming Woman: Expanding Horizons55
Rose Schneiderman: Becoming a Union Organizer68
Lee Chew: Fighting Discrimination78
A Japanese Immigrant: Becoming a Servant90
Elizabeth G. Flynn: Becoming a High School Rebel105
Anna Louise: Entering White Womanhood113
An African American Woman: Surviving the South121
An Irish American Cook130
Rocco Corresca: From Immigrant to Entrepreneur137
Sadie Frowne: A Jewish Sweatshop Operator at Sixteen149
Bernardo Vega: From Puerto Rico to New York160
Georgia Sharecroppers: Slavery's New Clothes170
Mike Trudics: An Immigrant Is Enslaved184
Ah-nen-la-de-ni: A Mohawk Receives a White Education198
Elias Garza: A Mexican American Family in Conflict211
Antanas Kaztaukis: From Lithuania to Chicago's Stockyards217
A Collar Starcher235
Becoming a Policeman248
Life as a Coal Miner256
Nat Love: From Southern Slave to Western Cowpuncher265
Bibliographical Notes272

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