Bread and Roses by Bruce Watson
Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream

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On January 12, 1912, an army of textile workers stormed out of the mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, commencing what has since become known as the "Bread and Roses" strike. Based on newspaper accounts, magazine reportage, and oral histories, Watson reconstructs a Dickensian drama involving thousands of parading strikers from fifty-one nations, unforgettable acts of cruelty, and even a protracted murder trial that tested the boundaries of free speech. A rousing look at a seminal and overlooked chapter of the past, Bread and Roses is indispensable reading.


About Bruce Watson

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BRUCE WATSON's previous books include Sacco and Vanzetti, a finalist for the Edgar Award, and Bread and Roses, a New York Public Library Book to Remember. His journalism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Smithsonian, and Reader's Digest. He lives in Massachusetts.
Published July 25, 2006 by Penguin Books. 352 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A vivid work of labor history, recounting a famed textile workers' strike of 1912.

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Bruce Watson, a journalist, recreates the historic textile-mill strike of 1912.

Aug 28 2005 | Read Full Review of Bread and Roses: Mills, Migra...

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Well sourced, evenhanded and briskly paced, Watson's account of the dramatic textile mill strike in Lawrence, Mass., during the icy winter of 1912 presents a panoramic glimpse of a half-forgott

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