Bread & Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream

Book – Non-fiction. By Bruce Watson. 2006. 352 pages. The riveting story of one of the most remarkable strikes in U.S. history.

  • Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Immigration, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, High School | Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction

On Jan. 12, 1912, an army of textile workers stormed out of the mills in Lawrence, Mass., 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.  [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780143037354 | Published by Penguin.

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