ERIC Number: ED368664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Women Workers' History.
Huck, Gary; Gilmore, Peter
This document consists of one page chapters each documenting women's roles in changing the conditions for U.S. workers during and after the industrial revolution. Each chapter is a series of period style drawings with captions detailing the story of that particular incident and cartoon balloons offering humorous comments from the participants. The document contains 83 chapters and covers the role of the woman worker from the first strike of factory workers in the United States, in 1824 at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the site of the first successful water powered cotton mill, to the New Deal legislation of 1933. Some of the lessons are parts of a series. In this case the lesson is extended over several of the one page chapters. Each of these specifies that it is part of a longer series. One of these is a section on a strike by women, children, and immigrant workers in the international textile industry center of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. Individuals such as labor organizers Mary Kenney O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn are profiled. Different strikes throughout the history of the U.S. labor movement are detailed. A chapter on the tragic fire at the Triangle Shirt Company is included. This tragedy, with its loss of 143 lives, so affected Frances Perkins, a witness to the fire in 1911 that she spent her life fighting poor labor conditions. In 1912 she became chief investigator for the New York State Factory Commission. In 1933 she became the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet when President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her U.S. Secretary of Labor. (DK)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America.; American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Flynn (Elizabeth Gurley); Kelley (Florence); O Sullivan (Mary Kenney); Perkins (Frances)