Sealskin and Shoddy
Working Women in the American Nineteenth Century Labor Press, 1870-1920
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As industrialization transformed American life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, increasing numbers of women sought employment outside the home and many were drawn into the labor movement. This collection of twenty-five stories published in union journals offers a portrait both of women's experiences as wage-earners and of the conflicts, values, and aspirations that touched their lives in this period of massive social upheaval. Written by reformers, union officials, and popular fiction writers, the stories present an uneasy synthesis of labor movement virtues with domestic ideals of femininity, females assertiveness with female subordination, and moralizing with romantic fantasy.
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IntroductionOur Sealskin and Shoddy: A Sensational Story of Labor's Wrongs by W.H. Little from The Journal of United Labor of the Knights of Labor - July 19, 1988The Show by Gertrude Barnum from The Ladies's Garment Worker - February, 1911The Pig-Headed Girl by Gertrude Barnum from The Ladies' Garment Worker - April 1912In the Jacket Shop by Gertrude Barnum from The Ladies' Garment Worker - April, 1910At the Shirt Waist Factory by Gertrude Barnum from The Ladies' Garment Worker - May, 1910This Style: Six Twenty-Nine by Gertrude Barnum from The Ladies' Garment Worker - May, 1913The Living Skeleton and the Stout Reformer by Gertrude Barnum from The Ladies' Garment Worker - July, 1980The Idealists by Gertrude BarnumEqual Rights by Abraham Reisin from The Ladies' Garment Worker - November, 1917Recognized by Wiener from The Ladies' Garment Worker - February, 1918Regina's Disappointment by Bertha Levy from The Ladies Garment Worker - September, 1913Mr. Skinner Climbs Down: The Story of a Girl's Strike and its Success from The Ladies' Garment Worker - February, 1913Reporting Her Own Trial by Max Danish from The Ladies' Garment Worker - November, 1913Not on Speaking Terms by Max Danish from The Ladies' Garment Worker - April, 1914Angelina's Wisdom by Max Danish from The Ladies' Garment Worker - August, 1914Tangled in the Shadows by Sonia Ureles from The Ladies' Garment Worker - September, 1913Pilgrim's Progress in a Cigar Factory by "A Pilgrim" from Life and Labor of the Women's Trade Union League - June, 1920Sarah Jane Appleton's Strike by Lucy Foster Madison from The Shoe Workers Journal - November, 1905A Golf Skirt by Theodora Bliss from American Federationist - December 1907Her Birthday Gift by Lizzie Homes from American Federationist - March, 1913Judge Newcomb's Retribution by Lizzie Homes from American Federationist - February, 1902Mary Shaugnessy by Felix Benquiat from WHY? of the Industrial Workers of the World - June, 1913Working Girls and Pet Dogs by Josephine Conger from The Butcher Workman - May, 1917Suggestions for Further ReadingIndex