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Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Dec 22, 2008

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, new-york, politics, young-adult

Out of the historic events at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the uprising of 20,000 is probably the most unique, yet less well known than the tragic fire (which was only unique in the number of people it killed - factory fires and accidents were all too commonplace at the time). Uprising focuses mostly on the strike, illustrating through its three protagonists the three types of women who were involved: union organizers, immigrant workers, and rich women who either participated on a lark, or because they saw the plight of women workers connected to the larger struggle for women's rights.

Haddix weaves in lots of historical facts and people, though sometimes their inclusion, along with the foreshadowing, becomes clunky (they talked waaaaaaaay too much about fire escapes before the infamous fire actually occurred). The narrative style also has a couple of holes in it - how does the woman who is telling the story (a Mrs. Livingston introduced in the prologue) know what exactly the dying young women were thinking and doing, since the women were dead before they could relay their stories to anyone? It doesn't quite work when you think hard about it, but overall this was an enjoyable look at the Triangle Factory.

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