Books: Fiction

Missing from Haymarket Square

Book — Fiction. By Harriette Gillem Robinet. 2003. 142 pages.
Historical fiction chapter book on the Haymarket labor struggles and massacre.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Labor

9780689854903CHICAGO, 1886. Twelve-year-old Dinah Bell is too young to be working twelve-hour days. But to the factory and mill owners, age doesn’t matter. In fact nothing seems to matter to them except how much work gets done. But Dinah and workers like her have many concerns: Food is scarce, wages are small, and hope seems out of reach.

Dinah’s father knows there must be a better way — that’s why he and eight thousand others are planning to march for an eight-hour day. But when her father is taken prisoner for helping to plan the march, Dinah is desperate to rescue him. As the march gives way to a terrifying riot, Dinah faces constant danger and a persistent question: What will become of her family if she does not set her father free? [Publisher’s description.]

Missing from Haymarket Square by Harriette Gillem Robinet is an excellent book for introducing young readers to issues of race, immigration, labor, the role of the federal government, the strategies used to oppress and divide workers, and resistance. The protagonist is an African American girl and some of the other characters are immigrants from Germany.

ISBN: 9780689854903 | Aladdin Press

One comment on “Missing from Haymarket Square

  1. Lizzy on

    Cool I’m reading this book in my teacher’s classroom we are making one page per character in this awesome and interesting book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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