A Power among Them

A Power among Them : Bessie Abramowitz Hillman and the Making of the Amalgamated Clothing

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Karen Pastorello\u2019s pathbreaking study is the first biography of Bessie Abramowitz Hillman and the first scholarship to place this remarkable leader at the center of the founding of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Bridging the gap between progressive-era social feminists and labor feminists of the postwar era, Hillman worked to end race and class injustice and improve the quality of life for working women, even as she was overshadowed by her husband, union leader Sidney Hillman. Interweaving Hillman\u2019s experiences as an Eastern European Jewish immigrant with a rich historical account of the founding and development of a key garment union, Pastorello reveals the prominent role of women labor activists both in the workplace and in the unions.
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 635.03g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252032306
  • 9780252032301

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"A Power Among Themis a lively account of the life of Bessie Hillman, a woman who has previously not received enough attention given the important role she played in improving rights for women, immigrants, African Americans, and the working class in the United States."--Labour/Le Travail "Valuable in its focus on a figure underappreciated even in other literature on the ACW. . . . A real contribution to the scholarship on the struggle of labor women to merge class and gender identities in finding meaningful work and building productive lives."--American Jewish History "A carefully researched and engaging biography that makes vivid the many changes affecting union women in the twentieth century."--Enterprise and Society

"The book is written with such craft that it reads almost like entertaining historical fiction. . . . A great resource for labor history and women's studies collections. Highly recommended."--Choice
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About Karen Pastorello

Karen Pastorello is an associate professor of history and chair of women's studies at Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, New York.
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