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Good girl work : factories, sweatshops, and how women changed their role in the American workforce

by Gourley, Catherine, 1950-

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Non Fiction J 331.3 GOURLEY
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Children Non Fiction
Call Number  J 331.3 GOURLEY
Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 331.3 G74
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 331.3 G74
It didn't take eighteenth- and nineteenth-century factory owners long to realize from what source their cheapest, best unskilled labor could come: women and girls. Small, delicate, nimble fingers were good for peeling burning-hot biscuits from tray after tray. They were good for stitching, sewing, threading, and weaving. Eventually, society as a whole came to believe that not only were the girls good for the work, but the work was good for the girls. Unskilled and uneducated, here was a way a poor girl could help her family. Working girls remained working girls no matter what their age -- "ladies" were something else entirely. In the late nineteenth century, the girls began to recognize their plight and then organize to change it. Told through first-person accounts from a wide variety of sources, this is their story.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7^-10. For a history of female children at work in industry around the turn of the century, Gourley draws on a wealth of primary source material, including letters, diaries, memoirs, and newspaper interviews. Like Russell Freedman in Kids at Work (1994), she includes some stirring black-and-white photographs of small girls winding silk at a loom, doing piecework in a tenement room, spinning cotton in a mill. The occasional use of pale green prints as background for type does not make for easy reading, and the general narrative is somewhat unfocused. It is the dramatic in-depth personal testimonies that will hold readers as the social history moves from child labor to women's labor and to "good girls" who grew up to rebel and lead the fight for change. --Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Child labor -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Women -- Employment -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Child labor.
Women -- Employment.
Publisher Brookfield, Conn. :Millbrook Press,1999
Language English
Description 96 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 94) and index.
ISBN 0761309519 (lib. bdg.)
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