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Author Rabinowitz, Matilda, 1887-1963, author.

Title Immigrant girl, radical woman : a memoir from the early twentieth century / Matilda Rabinowitz ; with commentary and original drawings by Robbin Légère Henderson ; afterword by Ileen A. DeVault.

Publication Info. Ithaca : ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2017.


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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The journey to America -- The wretched refuse of your teeming shores -- A new career -- Bridgeport and socialism -- I fell in love with him -- Little Falls -- A gallery of radicals -- After Little Falls -- Greenville, South Carolina : "the toughest job" -- New York, Greenwich, World War I -- A new life (vita) -- Ben returns -- Washington -- Ballardvale, Massachusetts, Greenwich Village, Cos Cob, St. Louis.
Summary Matilda Rabinowitz's illustrated memoir challenges assumptions about the lives of early twentieth-century women. She describes the ways in which she and her contemporaries rejected the intellectual and social restrictions imposed on women as they sought political and economic equality in the first half of the twentieth century. Rabinowitz devoted her labor and commitment to the notion that women should feel entitled to independence, equal rights, equal pay, and sexual and personal autonomy. Rabinowitz (1887-1963) immigrated to the United States from Ukraine at the age of thirteen. Radicalized by her experience in sweatshops, she became an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World from 1912 to 1917 before choosing single motherhood in 1918. "Big Bill" Haywood once wrote,?a book could be written about Matilda,? but her memoir was intended as a private story for her grandchildren, Robbin Légère Henderson among them. Henderson?s black-and white-scratchboard drawings illustrate Rabinowitz?s life in the Pale of Settlement, the journey to America, political awakening and work as an organizer for the IWW, a turbulent romance, and her struggle to support herself and her child.
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Subject Rabinowitz, Matilda, 1887-1963.
Industrial Workers of the World -- Biography.
Socialist Party (U.S.) -- Biography.
Industrial Workers of the World. (OCoLC)fst00545991
Socialist Party (U.S.) (OCoLC)fst00546868
Women in the labor movement -- United States -- Biography.
Women immigrants -- United States -- Biography.
Jewish women -- United States -- Biography.
Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Labor & Industrial Relations.
Jewish women. (OCoLC)fst00983062
Labor unions -- Organizing. (OCoLC)fst00990296
Women immigrants. (OCoLC)fst01177764
Women in the labor movement. (OCoLC)fst01178035
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Henderson, Robbin, commentator, illustrator.
DeVault, Ileen A., writer of afterword.
Other Form: Print version: Rabinowitz, Matilda, 1887-1963. Immigrant girl, radical woman. Ithaca : ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2017 9781501709845 (DLC) 2017006130 (OCoLC)973159730
ISBN 9781501709487 (electronic book)
1501709488 (electronic book)
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