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Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist
by Jeffrey S. Copeland

Published: 2012-03-15
Paperback : 354 pages
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Set against a backdrop of murder, intrigue, and industrial labor conflict in the early twentieth century pearl button industry, Shell Games graphically portrays one of the most important battles in the fight for safe and humane working conditions. Filtered through the thoughts and emotions of Pearl ...
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Set against a backdrop of murder, intrigue, and industrial labor conflict in the early twentieth century pearl button industry, Shell Games graphically portrays one of the most important battles in the fight for safe and humane working conditions. Filtered through the thoughts and emotions of Pearl McGill, a woman who stood heroically against the injustices destroying the lives of so many around her in the shops and factories, this conflict vividly comes to life and underscores many of the concerns contemporary workers still encounter.

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by iamom05 (see profile) 07/27/12
Our Club ate at the Button Factory (used to be a button factory, like one where the book takes place). There is also a museum there, but it was closed at the time our club meets. It would be an interesting trip I'm sure. We had a great time!

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by rmjjj (see profile) 02/16/16

 
  "A good read"by iamom05 (see profile) 07/27/12

This book is great for learning about life before unions were formed. Found it very interesting and it's fun that it took place less than an hour from where I live.

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