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Vermont Reads - Bread and Roses, Too (archived)

Resources to enrich and support reading of the 2018 Vermont Reads book, a Vermont Humanities Council program

Vermont Reads

Vermont Humanities Council's
2018 Vermont Reads book:
Katherine Paterson's young-adult novel

Bread and Roses, Too


This historical novel tells the story of the pivotal 1912 Lawrence Mill Strike through the eyes of two children who were sent to Barre, Vermont, to be cared for during the "Children's Exodus" as the strike wore on and conditions grew dire.

From the Socialist Labor Party Hall website:

"Katherine Paterson’s many awards include two Newbery Medals, two National Book Awards and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Her inspiration for this book came after coming across the photograph of  the strikers children taken on the steps of the Old Socialist Labor Hall. The caption read: “Children of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Bread and Roses Strike Come to Barre.” She had heard of the strike but wondered what children from that city were doing in her Vermont town, so she determined to find out and this novel is the result."

Pick up a copy to read at the library's circulation desk.

Ralph Fasanella, "The Great Strike, Lawrence 1912." American Folk Art Museum.


The strikers' children on the steps of the Old Labor Hall

Children of Lawrence workers in front of the Socialist Labor Party Hall, Barre, VT. VHS??)