Women at Work documents the lives of a group of working-class women in the city of Fall River during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Their stories provide a first-hand account of labor issues and everyday life during a tumultuous era in the city's history.
It was a time of change, hardship, and recovery, when the city and its residents faced the decline, and ultimate collapse, of the textile industry; the early depression years of the late 1920s; the Great Depression years of the 1930s; and the rise of the female-dominated manufacturing and needle-trade industries.
The women profiled in this volume are of Azorean Portuguese, English, French-Canadian, Lebanese, and Polish descent. The progeny of immigrant ancestors who were drawn to the "Spindle City" by the promise of work and betterment, they are interwoven through marriage to form the warp and weft of the fabric that is the city of Fall River.
The oral histories of Women at Work tell a Fall River story unique to the time, events, and culture of a city determined to reestablish itself.
|Publisher:||Fall River Historical Society|
|Product dimensions:||6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.85(d)|