Kids on Strike!

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 208 pages
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By the early 1900s, nearly two million children were working in the United States. From the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the cotton mills of New England, children worked long hours every day under stunningly inhumane conditions. After years and years of oppression, children began to organize and make demands for better wages, fairer housing costs, and safer working environments.
Some strikes led by young people were successful; some were not. Some strike stories are shocking, some are heartbreaking, and many are inspiring -- but all are a testimony to the strength of mind and spirit of the children who helped build American industry.

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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

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Stick Together and Welll Win Messenger Bootblack and Newsie Strike Fever New York City 1899
Dear God Will It Ever Be Different? Pauline Newman and the New York City Rent Strike 1907
Ill Be a Johny Mitchell Man The Anthracite Coal Strikes Pennsylvania 18971900 and 1902
We Ask You Mr President Mother Jones and Her Industrial Army Philadelphia 1903
Build Up Your Union Agnes Nestor and the Garment Workers Strike Chicago 1897 New York City and Philadelphia 19091910
They Understood the Stomach Language The Lawrence Strike 1912
Now I Have a Past The National Child Labor Committee 1904
A Timeline of Federal Child Labor Laws

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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. Visit her website at .

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