Kids on Strike!

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 208 pages
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Kids on Strike! tells the story of children who stood up for their rights against powerful company owners, from a "turn-out" in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1836 led by eleven-year-old Harriet Hanson to the dramatic strike of 1912 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. By the early 1900s nearly two million children were in the United States work force. Their tiny fingers, strong eyesight, and boundless energy made them perfect employees. But after years and years of working long hours every day under harsh and inhumane conditions, children began to organize and make demands in order to protect themselves. They fought for better wages, fairer housing costs, and safer working environments. Susan Campbell Bartoletti tells of labor strikes led by young people throughout the United States. Illustrated with more than one hundred photographs from newspapers and journals as well as with the work of photographer Lewis Hine, this book provides an inside look at the individual and gripping events that shaped t
 

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User Review  - afussell - LibraryThing

This was an interesting book about children going on strike. It takes you through several different strikes for children's rights. I would read this with middle age school students. It's important that they understand how lucky they are today to be in school. Read full review

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User Review  - Marylee1973 - LibraryThing

A great book to introduce historically factual evidence in a literary way. This book does a great job of portraying what has happened in our nation with child labor. Read full review

Contents

Shall We Turn Out?
8
A Devil in Petticoats
20
Stick Together and Well Win
34
Ill Be a Johnny Mitchell Man
82
Build Up Your Union
130
They Understood the Stomach Language
154
Now I Have a Past
178
A Timeline of Federal Child Labor Laws
194
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Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845?1850, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal. She lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

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