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

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

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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ISBN-13: 9780807054536
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/14/2003
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

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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