Common Sense and a Little Fire Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States, 1900-1965

ISBN-10: 0807845116
ISBN-13: 9780807845110
Edition: 1995
Authors: Annelise Orleck
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Description: Common Sense and a Little Fire traces the personal and public lives of four immigrant women activists who left a lasting imprint on American politics. Though they have rarely had more than cameo appearances in previous histories, Rose Schneiderman,  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/22/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Common Sense and a Little Fire traces the personal and public lives of four immigrant women activists who left a lasting imprint on American politics. Though they have rarely had more than cameo appearances in previous histories, Rose Schneiderman, Fannia Cohn, Clara Lemlich Shavelson, and Pauline Newman played important roles in the emergence of organized labor, the New Deal welfare state, adult education, and the modern women's movement. Orleck takes her four subjects from turbulent, turn-of-the-century Eastern Europe to the radical ferment of New York's Lower East Side and the gaslit tenements where young workers studied together. Drawing from the women's writings and speeches, she paints a compelling picture of housewives' food and rent protests, of grim conditions in the garment shops, of factory-floor friendships that laid the basis for a mass uprising of young women garment workers, and of the impassioned rallies working women organized for suffrage. From that era of rebellion, Orleck charts the rise of a distinctly working-class feminism that fueled poor women's activism and shaped government labor, tenant, and consumer policies through the early 1950s.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
The Rise of a Working-Class Women's Movement,1882-1909
Prologue. From the Russian Pale To the Lower East Side: The Cultural Roots of Four Jewish Women's Radicalism
Coming of Age: The Shock of the Shops and The Dawning of Political Consciousness, 1900-1909
Working Women In Rebellion: The Emergence of Industrial Feminism, 1909-1920
Audacity: The Uprising of Women Garment Workers, 1909-1915
Common Sense: New York City Working Women and the Struggle for Woman Suffrage
The Activists In Their Prime: The Mainstreaming of Industrial Feminism, 1920-1945
Knocking at The White House Door: Rose Schneider� Man, Pauline Newman, and the Campaign for Labor Legislation, 1910-1945
Emotion Strained Through a Thinking Mind: Fannia Cohn, The Ilgwu, and The Struggle For Workers' Education, 1915-1945
Spark Plugs in Every Neighborhood: Clara Lemlich Shavelson and the Emergence of a Militant Working-Class Housewives' Movement, 1913-1945
The Activists In Old Age: The Twilight of a Movement, 1945-1986
Witnessing The End of an Era: The Postwar Years and the Decline Of Industrial Feminism
Epilogue. Reflections on Women and Activism
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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