The Gentle General: Rose Pesotta, Anarchist and Labor Organizer

The Gentle General: Rose Pesotta, Anarchist and Labor Organizer

by Elaine Leeder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791416712

ISBN-13: 9780791416716

Pub. Date: 10/28/1993

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This is the first major biography of Rose Pesotta, the organizer and vice president of the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) from 1933 to 1944. After moving to the United States from the Ukraine in 1913, Pesotta became involved in the resurgence of the garment workers’ industry, women’s labor colleges, and labor activism. While

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This is the first major biography of Rose Pesotta, the organizer and vice president of the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) from 1933 to 1944. After moving to the United States from the Ukraine in 1913, Pesotta became involved in the resurgence of the garment workers’ industry, women’s labor colleges, and labor activism. While working for the union, she confronted serious opposition as a woman and an anarchist within an all-male bureaucracy.

This book chronicles Pesotta’s life while exploring a number of personal political themes. The author examines Pesotta’s relationships and friendships as they reflect the issues of gender, power, and sexuality, paying particular attention to her relationships with Sacco and Vanzetti and with Emma Goldman. In the course of this biography, Leeder portrays the inherent conflicts between anarchism and bureaucratic organization and between female consciousness and male-dominated institutions. The book explores the potential for pragmatic activism by social visionaries and offers clear contextual frameworks within which to compare and contrast Pesotta to others in similar historical roles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791416716
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Series:
SUNY series in American Labor History Series
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Chronicles of a Gadfly: Overview of Rose Pesotta's Life History

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Early Life

2. The New Life

3. Sacco and Vanzetti

4. Labor Organizing: The Early Years

5. Labor Organizing: The Challenging Years

6. Political Work

7. Personal Life: Home, Friends, and Family

8. From Organizer to Author to Rank and File

9. Epilogue

Glossary

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

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