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Common Sense & a Little Fire : Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States 1900-1965

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Twenty years after its initial publication, Annelise Orleck's Common Sense and a Little Fire continues to resonate with its harrowing story of activism, labor, and women's history. Orleck traces the personal and public lives of four immigrant women activists who left a lasting imprint on American politics. Though they have rarely made more than cameo appearances in previous histories, Rose Schneiderman, Fannia Cohn, Clara Lemlich Shavelson, and Pauline Newman played important roles in the emergence of organized labor, the New Deal welfare state, adult education, and the modern women's movement. Orleck takes her four subjects from turbulent, turn-of-the-century Eastern Europe to the radical ferment of New York's Lower East Side and the gaslit tenements where young workers studied together. Orleck paints a compelling picture of housewives' food and rent protests, of grim conditions in the garment shops, of factory-floor friendships that laid the basis for a mass uprising of young women garment workers, and of the impassioned rallies working women organized for suffrage.

Featuring a new preface by the author, this new edition reasserts itself as a pivotal text in twentieth-century labor history.
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Social Science, History, Political Science
Series Title: Gender and American Culture
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr
Author: Annelise Orleck
Language: English
Street Date: October 2, 2017
TCIN: 53001026
UPC: 9781469635910
Item Number (DPCI): 248-51-2839
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