Men, Women, and Work

Class, Gender, and Protest in the New England Shoe Industry, 1780-1910
Author: Mary H. Blewett
Bringing women's stories into the narrative of labor history
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1990
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About the Book

Mary H. Blewett's award-winning look at the men and women working in the shoe factories of Lynn, Massachusetts, explores the sexual division of labor and gender relationships in the workplace.

About the Author

Mary H. Blewett is a professor emerita of history at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her books include The Last Generation: Work and Life in the Textile Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, 1910-1960, and Constant Turmoil: The Politics of Industrial Life in Nineteenth-Century New England.

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"Blewett challenges historians to incorporate gender analysis and a tradition of working women's protest into the history of the American labor movement."--Georgia Historical Quarterly

"[Blewett's] detailed reconstruction of feminist perspectives in shoeworker protest and the divisions created by the competing loyalties to sisterhood and to working-class families is among the best available . . . With works like this, it should be impossible to write about the American working class without including women."-- Historical Journal of Massachusetts

"A highly stimulating and rewarding book."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History


Winner of the 1989 Herbert G. Gutman Award, 1989. Winner of the New England Historical Association Book Award, 1989. Co-winner of the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize of the American Historical Association, 1989.