Persuasion or Responsibility. Political Equality Series Vol. 2 No. 8. Florence Kelley.

Persuasion or Responsibility. Political Equality Series Vol. 2 No. 8.

Warren, Ohio: National American Suffrage Association, [n.d., 1900-1910]. First edition of this tract that spotlights illiteracy among children and encourages women to become politically active to remedy the poor educational standards in the United States. Date inferred from the reference to 1900 census data in the text (but not 1910 census data). A near fine copy of a scarce,fragile item. Single buff paper sheet folded in half. Minor toning. 3 in. x 6 in. [4] pp. Item #17078

Florence Kelley (1859 – 1932) was a lawyer, labor rights activist, and feminist who served as the vice president of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association and helped organize the NAACP. The present item focuses on how a lack of education pushed children into exploitative, dangerous labor, and that mandatory education laws were essential to children’s quality of life. Kelley’s arguments are based on her own experience in enacting minimum wage laws, reforming factory working conditions, establishing the ten-hour workday, and founding the anti-child labor National Labor Committee. She also served as the Chief Factory Inspector for the state of Illinois — the first woman to hold the position — and as head of the National Consumers League. Her ardent allyship with Black workers led her to help establish the NAACP.

OCLC records only three physical copies (NYPL, University of Virginia, Wisconsin Historical Society) and many digital and microform copies.

Price: $250.00

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