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Bread and Roses

Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream

Bruce Watson - Author

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ISBN 9780143037354 | 352 pages | 25 Jul 2006 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Told here for the first time, the riveting story of the most remarkable strike in American history

Told here for the first time, the riveting story of the most remarkable strike in American history

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.

Bread and Roses Introduction

BOOK ONE

Chapter One: For Two Hours' Pay
Chapter Two: Immigrant City
Chapter Three: The Battle of the Merrimack
Chapter Four: Stars, Stripes, and Bayonets
Chapter Five: Dynamite
Chapter Six: Spinning Out of Control

BOOK TWO

Chapter Seven: A Nation Divided
Chapter Eight: The Children's Exodus
Chapter Nine: Crackdown
Chapter Ten: In Congress, 1912
Chapter Eleven: An American Tapestry
Chapter Twelve: "The Flag of Liberty Is Here"

Epilogue

Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Fast-paced, well-researched... Packed with facts, but Watson... makes it an exciting read. (The New York Times Book Review)

A panoramic glimpse of a half-forgotten America. (Publishers Weekly)


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