Labor Unions

We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women's Factory Strike of 1909

By Joan Dash

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Thousands of young girls came all alone to New York City looking for work, and they found it in the factories, making lovely dresses for a cheap wage. Finally, Clara Lemlich had had enough. She stood up at her work table and announced in Yiddish, which most of the girls understood, that she had a plan to make things better. This book tells the beginnings of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, one of the first unions to recognize that women, as well as men, deserved decent pay and better hours.

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Up Molasses Mountain

By Julie Baker

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When union members arrive to organize their West Virginia coal mining town, fourteen-year-old Clarence Henderson, shunned for his cleft lip, and his neighbor Elizabeth Braxton tell about the changes in their own lives and in the lives of everyone in their community.

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Mother Jones: One Woman's Fight for Labor

By Betsy Harvey Kraft

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She looked like everybody's grandma, and she became the force behind the changes in American labor laws by standing up to rich businessmen and government officials.
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