Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist

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Paragon House, Mar 15, 2012 - History - 354 pages
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Set against a backdrop of murder, intrigue, and industrial labor conflict in the early twentieth century pearl button industry, Shell Games graphically portrays one of the most important battles in the fight for safe and humane working conditions. Filtered through the thoughts and emotions of Pearl McGill, a woman who stood heroically against the injustices destroying the lives of so many around her in the shops and factories, this conflict vividly comes to life and underscores many of the concerns contemporary workers still encounter. >

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Review: Shell Games The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist

User Review  - Ambri Refer - Goodreads

I was finally able to get my hands on a copy of this. Now I know what all of the fuss was about. Very well written and an important piece of Iowa history. I have a friend from Muscatine and I had her promise to give me a tour of where all of the events in the book took place :) Read full review

Review: Shell Games The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist

User Review  - Mike Schaefer - Goodreads

An intriguing story about the pearl button industry, and the battle for workers rights in the early 1900's. This book did leave me wanting more, like who's responsible for Pearl's murder. All in all a very good read. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Jeffrey Copeland is Professor and Head of the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches children's and young adult literature courses and English Education. He has authored and edited numerous books, including Speaking of Poets and Young Adult Literature: A Contemporary Reader and, most recently, Inman’s War: A Soldier’s Story of Life in a Colored Battalion in WWII and Olivia's Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes behind Shelley v. Kraemer. A native St. Louisan, he lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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