In September 1910, eighteen-year-old Hannah Annie Shapiro worked sewing pockets for the Hart, Schaffner and Marx clothing company in Chicago. The young Russian immigrant had been a garment worker for the past five years. When the foreman reduced the workers already-low wages, Annie decided to take a stand. She began a strike that went on for months and eventually involved 40,000 workers across Chicago. The inspiring true story of how a strike started by an eighteen-year-old Russian Jewish immigrant made a difference in the lives of garment workers across Chicago.
Annie Shapiro and the Clothing Workers Strike By Marlene Targ Brill
Illustrated by: Jamel Akib
(48 Pages)Ages 8-11 Publisher: Kar-Ben, 2010
Book includes an 8-page Reader's Theater script. The script has parts for five to eight readers, and a note to students provides tips for performing Reader's Theater. A note to teachers also provides further detail about staging Reader's Theater performances.
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