Books: Non-Fiction

Bread & Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream

Time Periods: 20th Century, 1910
Themes: Immigration, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Social Class, Women's History

On Jan. 12, 1912, an army of textile workers stormed out of the mills in Lawrence, Mass., commencing what has since become known as the “Bread and Roses” strike. Based on newspaper accounts, magazine reportage, and oral histories, Watson reconstructs a Dickensian drama involving thousands of parading strikers from fifty-one nations, unforgettable acts of cruelty, and even a protracted murder trial that tested the boundaries of free speech.  [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780143037354 | Penguin