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The radium girls : the dark story of America's shining women

Author: Kate Moore, (Writer and editor)
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Moore, (Writer and editor)
ISBN: 9781492649359 149264935X
OCLC Number: 956341099
Notes: "Originally published in 2016 in the United Kingdom by Simon & Schuster UK."--Title page verso.
Includes reading group guide (pages 409-410).
Description: xvi, 479 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of key characters --
Prologue --
Part one. Knowledge --
Part two. Power --
Part three. Justice --
Epilogue --
Postscript.
Responsibility: Kate Moore.

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As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive -- until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America's biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights.

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