Radicals of the Worst Sort: Laboring Women in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1860-1912
by Ardis Cameron
University of Illinois Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-252-02013-1 | Paper: 978-0-252-06318-3
Library of Congress Classification HD6073.T42U518 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.48770097445

Ardis Cameron focuses on the textile workers' strikes of 1882 and 1912 in this examination of class and gender formation as drawn from the experience and language of the working-class neighborhoods of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Using the neighborhood perspective to explore the role of women in worker militancy, Cameron reveals the importance of female networks and organizational life in working-class culture and politics. Unionized women were labeled "radicals of the worst sort" because, in fighting for equality, they also rebelled against traditional economic and sexual hierarchies. Oral histories and detailed maps illuminate the setting and the dramatic story behind the famous Bread and Roses strike of 1912.

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