On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children's Rights

by Monica Kulling and Felicita Sala

On July 7, 1903, Mother Jones started a protest march that led adults and children... read more

On July 7, 1903, Mother Jones started a protest march that led adults and children from Philadelphia to New York City in order to call for an end to child labor in the United States. This fictionalized account of the march focuses on two children, Aiden and Gussie, who work in a cotton mill and join the march. Through their eyes the logistics of the 16-day march unfold, as does a sense of the powerful woman who spent the latter part of her life fighting for the rights of ordinary workers. The children also contrast the wonder of new experiences on the march with their daily lives in the mill. Pencil and watercolor illustrations provide a strong sense of the era. (Ages 7–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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