Working women of collar city : gender, class, and community in Troy, New York, 1864-86 (Book, 1992) [WorldCat.org]
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Working women of collar city : gender, class, and community in Troy, New York, 1864-86

Author: Carole Turbin
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1992.
Series: Working class in American history.; Women in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why have some working women been successful at organizing in spite of obstacles to labor activity? Under what circumstances were they able to form alliances with male workers?" "Carole Turbin explores these questions by examining the case of Troy, New York, which in the 1860s produced nearly all the nation's popular detachable shirt collars and cuffs. Troy's collar laundresses were largely Irish immigrants who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Turbin, Carole.
Working women of collar city.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)652288913
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carole Turbin
ISBN: 0252018362 9780252018367 0252064267 9780252064265
OCLC Number: 23287260
Description: xi, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Working class in American history.; Women in American history.
Responsibility: Carole Turbin.

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"Why have some working women been successful at organizing in spite of obstacles to labor activity? Under what circumstances were they able to form alliances with male workers?" "Carole Turbin explores these questions by examining the case of Troy, New York, which in the 1860s produced nearly all the nation's popular detachable shirt collars and cuffs. Troy's collar laundresses were largely Irish immigrants who labored under harsh conditions, washing, starching, and ironing newly manufactured detachable collars for sale to retailers. The laundresses' union was officially the nation's first women's labor organization, and one of the best organized. In a period when many men were hostile to working women, they nevertheless formed close alliances with male labor activists." "Turbin's study of the collar workers develops new perspectives on gender. She demonstrates that women's family ties are not necessarily a conservative influence but may encourage women's and men's collective action. Her analysis of variations in collar women's employment patterns, family structure, and activism reveals new ways of conceptualizing differences in women's and men's work and family lives. Turbin's discussion of major labor struggles in 1864, 1869, and 1886, which were integral to nineteenth-century working-class movements, reveals variations in the gender ideologies of women of different ethnic and religious groups. This analysis reveals the subtlety and complexity of gender differences between women and men."--Jacket.

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"By going 'beyond the conventional wisdom' about gender, class, and ethnicity, [Turbin] has found ways to tell us more about the nineteenth-century collar workers of Troy than we possibly could have Read more...

 
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