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

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Describes the conditions that gave rise to efforts to secure better working conditions for the women working in the garment industry in early twentieth-century New York and led to the formation of the Women's Trade Union League and the first women's strike in 1909.

Describes the conditions that gave rise to efforts to secure better working conditions for the women working in the garment industry in early twentieth-century New York and led to the formation of the ...

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Describes the conditions that gave rise to efforts to secure better working conditions for the women working in the garment industry in early twentieth-century New York and led to the formation of the Women's Trade Union League and the first women's strike in 1909.

Describes the conditions that gave rise to efforts to secure better working conditions for the women working in the garment industry in early twentieth-century New York and led to the formation of the Women's Trade Union League and the first women's strike in 1909.

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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
Hazel Rochman
Women's labor history has been getting a lot of attention lately, from Kraft's " Mother Jones" (1995) to Colman's "Rosie the Riveter" (1995). Now Dash gives a lively account of the first strike of women workers, in 1909, and the struggle to form a permanent women's trade union. She describes the appalling wages and conditions in the shirtwaist factories, where most of the women were impoverished Jewish immigrants. She also tells of the hunger, overcrowding, and disease in their tenements on New York's Lower East Side. Focusing on some of the dynamic leaders, Dash shows that the workers on the picket line fought the traditional passive view of women in their families and in the male-dominated union, even as they resisted bigotry in the general population and corruption in authority. Several chapters describe the society women, "the mink brigade," who reached across class to picket with the strikers and help fund and publicize the struggle. This is strong feminist history. It's frustrating that, though there is a bibliography, no sources are cited, even for direct quotes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590484091
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 166
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.59 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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