Time and the Town: A Provincetown Chronicleby Mary Heaton Vorse
Mary Heaton Vorse was, to many, the spirit of American radicalism incarnate. This pioneer of labor journalism in the United States covered the Lawrence textile strike, the great steel strike of 1919, and the 1937 auto workers' strike and factory takeover in Flint, Michigan. Vorse was prominent in the women's suffrage movement, libertarian socialism, feminism and world peace. As a war correspondent, she traveled to Lenin's Moscow and Hitler's Germany. On the day she died, Vorse was planning her involvement in the movement against the Vietnam War.
But there was another side to Vorse. Twice widowed, she wrote popular magazine articles (which she referred to as "lollypops") to support her three children, becoming a vanguard working mother. She also had a profound sense of place. Arriving in Provincetown, Massachusetts, for a week's vacation in 1907, the town became her home for life. Vorse's Time and the Town reveals the historical, political, economic, and personal significance of this place to this extraordinary woman. This reissue adds contemporary photographs and a comprehensive foreword which puts into perspective the intellectual climate of Provincetown at the beginning of a new century. Here was an atmosphere that attracted artists and radicals such as Eugene O'Neill, John Dos Passos, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Jack Reed. Here was the place of which Vorse wrote "... I had the sense of completion that a hitherto homeless person has on discovering home."
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