Bread and Roses

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 337 pages
  • 114 x 202 x 22mm | 299.37g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0143037358
  • 9780143037354
  • 1,001,143

Table of contents

Bread and RosesIntroduction


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


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"


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Review Text

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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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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About Bruce Watson

Bruce Watson is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been published in Smithsonian, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Examiner, Yankee Magazine, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003.
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4 43% (73)
3 23% (40)
2 7% (12)
1 1% (1)
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