Living the Legacy


Bread and Roses - Defining Basic Needs

Unit 1 , Lesson 1

Jewish Women's Archive - Living the Legacy

Bread and Roses - Defining Basic Needs

Teacher resources: 
Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers (first published in 1925), Persea Books, NY, 1975. A partially autobiographical novel about the Jewish immigrant experience, focusing on the life of one young woman and her conflicts with her family as she pursues an education.
The Samuel Gompers Papers: Creating a Right to Childhood: Child Labor and Social Reform.
A collection of educational resources about child labor and reform.
An online collection about the Federal Theatre Project’s musical play The Cradle Will Rock, written by Marc Blitzstein.
American Labor Studies Center material on teaching labor through songs. Includes background information, song lists, audio tracks, and a guide to writing reform songs.
Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl is a short documentary about working conditions and labor struggles in the early 20th century garment industry. A film clip, viewer's guide, and purchasing information are available.
Online YIVO exhibition “Stars, Strikes, and the Yiddish Stage: The Story of the Hebrew Actors' Union.” Includes documents and an exhibition catalog.

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