Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream
Author: Bruce Watson
On January 12, 1912, an army of textile workers stormed out of the mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, commencing what has since become known as the "Bread and Roses" strike. Based on newspaper accounts, magazine reportage, and oral histories, Watson reconstructs a Dickensian drama involving thousands of parading strikers from fifty-one nations, unforgettable acts of cruelty, and even a protracted murder trial that tested the boundaries of free speech. A rousing look at a seminal and overlooked chapter of the past, Bread and Roses is indispensable reading.
Written for readers who have become disenchanted with institutional religion and whose life experience has led them to have serious doubts about the existence of any sort of God. A number of books have been published which brilliantly present the arguments of nontheism. Unfortunately too many of these have left readers with a view of nontheism as comfortless and dogmatic. In Bread and Roses, Muriel Seltman presents the the opposite viewpoint, taking as her starting point the lifetime joy and inspiration she has found in her love of mathematics and science. There are many other things that provide joy: music, nature, love and friendship, which can all provide a transformative spiritual delight beyond ordinary experience. In this book, the author aims to help readers recapture their souls from the religious institutions, which engage in ‘spiritual imperialism’. While recognising our deep need for comfort and consolation at various times, we need to recognise that it is not a good trade off to exchange one’s spiritual freedom for the short term comforts provided by the father figures of religious institutions.
Release on 2013-08-26 | by Robert Forrant,Susan Grabski
Author: Robert Forrant,Susan Grabski
Pubpsher: Arcadia Publishing
Incorporated in 1847 on the banks of the Merrimack River, Lawrence, Massachusetts, was the final and most ambitious of New England’s planned textile-manufacturing cities developed by the Boston-area entrepreneurs who helped launch the American Industrial Revolution. With a dam and canal system to generate power, by 1912 Lawrence led the world in the production of worsted wool cloth. The Pacific Cotton Mills alone had sales of nearly $10 million and had mechanical equipment capable of producing 800 miles of finished textile fabrics every working day. However, industrial growth was accompanied by worsening health, housing, and working conditions for most of the city’s workers. These were the root causes that led to the long, sometimes violent struggle between people of diverse ethnic groups and languages and the city’s mill owners and overseers. The 1912 strike—known today as the Bread and Roses Strike—became a landmark moment in history.
2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Rosa’s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners. After all, didn’t Miss Finch tell the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble-rousers—an uneducated, violent mob? Suppose Mamma and Anna are jailed or, worse, killed? What will happen to Rosa and little Ricci? When Rosa is sent to Vermont with other children to live with strangers until the strike is over, she fears she will never see her family again. Then, on the train, a boy begs her to pretend that he is her brother. Alone and far from home, she agrees to protect him . . . even though she suspects that he is hiding some terrible secret. From a beloved, award-winning author, here is a moving story based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 strike.
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Autobiography of a Labour Party activist, first woman vice-president of the Federation of Labour, founder of the New Zealand Association of Child Care Centers, and campaigner for the Working Women's Charter.
Release on 1999-08-01 | by Milton Meltzer,John Anthony Scott
The Struggle of American Labor, 1865-1915
Author: Milton Meltzer,John Anthony Scott
Uses original source material to portray the momentous changes that took place in American labor, industry, and trade-unionism following the Civil War. Focuses on the work environment in this early age of mass production and mechanization, and shows how abusive conditions often led to labor unrest.
The feminist author of Another Mother Tongue offers a mythographic study of the interconnections among ancient menstrual rites and the development of agriculture, mathematics, writing, calendars, and other realms of knowledge.