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Bread and Roses, Too
Bread and Roses Too
Author: Katherine Paterson
Newbery-author Katherine Paterson's tale of the 1912 mill workers' strike -- in paperback! — Rosa's mother is singing again?union songs. She's joined the strike against the corrupt mill owners. Rosa is terrified. What if Mamma is jailed or, worse, killed? — Jake's dad threatened to kill him if he joined the strike. For Jake, that is reason enoug...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780547076515
ISBN-10: 0547076517
Publication Date: 8/12/2008
Pages: 288
Edition: 1
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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Publisher: Sandpiper
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This young-adult book does an excellent job introducing the Bread and Roses mill workers' strike that took place in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1912.

The author follows two 13-year-old fictional characters through the historical events: Rosa, the daughter of Italian imigrants, and Jake, a "native-born" boy who works in the Lawrence mills. Historical notes at the end of the story help the reader sort fiction from fact.

I highly recommend this book--and then recommend following it up with a tour of Lawrence's sister mill-city: Lowell, Massachusetts. The National Park Service has restored the Boott Cotton Mills and created a museum where you can see (and hear) the looms working, and hear interviews with mill workers that were collected before the museum opened. You can find more information about the museum here:
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