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Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Aug 06, 2008

really liked it

Definitely one of the better novels in my research sample! Haddix portrays three characters in relation to the Triangle fire. Yetta wants to be like her older sister, a real radical, or so she thinks! Bella, an Italian worker, determinedly continues as her post during the 1909 strike. In one funny and poignant scene, she attempts to speak in the language she assumed was English, only to learn that she has actually learned Yiddish instead because so many of her co-workers were Russian and Eastern European Jews. Jane is a wealthy girl whose socialite friends introduce her to the lives of factory workers. Long after the inetrest of some of those friends has faded, Jane continues to seek out the Triangle workers and eventually ends up at the factory on that fateful day in 1911.

Similar in many ways to Auch's "Ashes of Roses," "Uprising" manages to tell a compelling story while critiquing the underlying inequities of the system.

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