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A power among them : Bessie Abramowitz Hillman and the making of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America

Author: Karen Pastorello
Publisher: Urbana, Ill. : University of Illinois Press, ©2008.
Series: Working class in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Karen Pastorello's biography of Bessie Abramowitz Hillman places Hillman at the center of events that marked the founding of Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA). Born in Tsarist Russia to an educated family, the teenaged Bessie Abramowitz immigrated alone to Chicago to escape an arranged marriage. Empowered by her connection to the social feminist reform movement centered at Hull-House, she was one of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Bessie Hillman; Bessie Hillman; Bessie Hillman; Bessie Hillman
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Pastorello
ISBN: 9780252032301 0252032306
OCLC Number: 141386504
Description: xx, 273 pages, [18] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Bound but determined (1889-1908) --
"A mighty hard struggle" in Chicago (1908-1911) --
The founding of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and the search for solidarity (1911-1918) --
Strong on the outside: the union, women, and the struggle to survive (1918-1933) --
Enter Sister Hillman: the runaway campaign years (1933-1937) --
The power of labor feminism: organizing the laundry workers and the Second World War (1937-1946) --
Union women in the postwar years: separate but not equal (1946-1961) --
Creating "a sort of revolution" (1961-1970) --
Epilogue: lifting their spirits --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: Working class in American history.
Responsibility: Karen Pastorello.
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