Synopses & Reviews
By the early 1900s, nearly two million children were working in the United States. From the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the cotton mills of New England, children worked long hours every day under stunningly inhumane conditions. After years and years of oppression, children began to organize and make demands for better wages, fairer housing costs, and safer working environments.Some strikes led by young people were successful; some were not. Some strike stories are shocking, some are heartbreaking, and many are inspiring but all are a testimony to the strength of mind and spirit of the children who helped build American industry.
Spanning American history from the 17th century to the present, Worlds Apart looks at the fascinating stories behind twenty communities that were created around principles and ideals that were somehow at odds with the rest of society. Beginning with a Dutch colony in Delaware that outlawed slavery in the 1660s and ending with the 20-year-old Florida community first dreamed up by Walt Disney, Worlds Apart describes the men and women behind these would-be utopias and explores where these experiments succeeded and how they ultimately failed. Enriched by historical and contemporary images and maps, the book offers an incredible portrait of American ideals.
About the Author
Abby Nolan is a writer specializing in pop culture, American history, and childrenandrsquo;s books. She is the author of Rock and Roll Road Trip (1992) and has written for such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Village Voice, Slate, The American Prospect, Booklist, and Rolling Stone. Since 2008, she has reviewed nonfiction childrenandrsquo;s books on a monthly basis for The Washington Post.