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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.

About the Author

Annelise Orleck is associate professor of histoy and women's studies at Dartmouth College. She is author of Soviet Jewish Americans and editor of The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807845110
Author:
Orleck, Annelise
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Women social reformers
Subject:
Working class women
Subject:
Women in the labor movement
Subject:
Women social reformers -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Working class women -- United States -- Political activity.
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
labor history; women; immigrant; American politics; Rose Schneiderman; Fannia Cohn; Clara Lemlich Shavelson; Pauline Newman; feminism
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women social reformers -- United States.
Subject:
Women in the labor movement - United States -
Subject:
Labor -- History.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
immigrant
Subject:
American politics
Subject:
Rose Schneiderman
Subject:
Fannia Cohn
Subject:
Clara Lemlich Shavelson
Subject:
Pauline Newman
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Subject:
Rose.
Subject:
Schneiderman
Subject:
Clara Lem
Subject:
lich Shavelson
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Gender and American Culture Paperback
Series Volume:
186026
Publication Date:
May 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.28x6.17x1.05 in. 1.39 lbs.

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