We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women's Factory Strike of 1909

We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women's Factory Strike of 1909

by Joan Dash
     
 

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In the early 1900s, the shirtwaist industry in New York was very unfair to the young women employed in its factories. Now in paperback is the story of teenage workers and important female activists in their courageous fight for humane working conditions in 1909. Photos. 176 pp. Ages 8-14. Pub: 1/98.

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In the early 1900s, the shirtwaist industry in New York was very unfair to the young women employed in its factories. Now in paperback is the story of teenage workers and important female activists in their courageous fight for humane working conditions in 1909. Photos. 176 pp. Ages 8-14. Pub: 1/98.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Dash brings a novelist's skill to her descriptions of Lower East Side streets," said PW of this "colorful and perceptive" account of a factory strike that ended in victory for maltreated female workers. Ages 10-up. (Jan.)r
Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
The woman's factory strike of 1909 is the story of thousands of young women (most of whom were below 18 years of age) who fought a sexist and dangerous labor system in a time before women had the right to vote. This history book has a lot within its pages that speaks to modern readers, and Dash does so with a fluid and lyrical style. The pictures that accompany the written text allow readers to put faces to the names Dash mentions, and they give readers a "bird's eye" view of the abysmal conditions in the factories the striking workers endured for only pennies an hour compensation. Dash has highlighted an important event in U.S. labor history and has made history entertaining and interesting in the process.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Generally, people think of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York as the event that caused labor unrest and reform in sweatshops and threadmills. What this book does is put that misperception to rest. Even before the horror of that fire, there had been much effective action to improve working conditions, especially for immigrant workers in the garment industry. The Factory Strike of 1909 brought together women from all over the country and from all walks of life on behalf of individuals working in extraordinarily oppressive conditions. Dash concentrates on telling the story of the strike and of the personalities that emerged from it. Her epilogue gives a projection of what happened to these remarkable women-and a few men-after the strike was over and they resumed their lives. Lively reading, even for those who are not historically inclined.Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590484107
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.59(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
1170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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