Kids on Strike!
By Susan Campbell Bartoletti
This is a fascinating and amazing book. Kids on Strike! tells the story of children who stood up for their rights against powerful company owners. Nearly two million children were in the U.S. workforce by the early 1900s. Their tiny fingers, strong eyesight, and boundless energy made them perfect employees. But after years and years of working long hours every day under inhumane conditions, they began to organize and make demands in order to protect themselves. Read of their incredible determination and bravery: in the garment industries of New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia; the cotton mills of New England; the messenger, bootblack and newsies strikes in New York City; a rent strike; and more, including the involvement of the legendary Mother Jones. More than 100 photos, including the work of Lewis Hine.
“Readers will be alternately awed and appalled by this stunning account of child labor in the U.S.” 208 pages hardcover
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