Mother Jones: Fierce Fighter for Workers' Rights
"I read this book two chapters per night with my children, and they loved it! They were particularly moved by the chapter "The March of the Mill Children."
"My son needed a book for his biography book report and I hoped he would enjoy the bio of Mother Jones, one of my heroes. He has plowed through the book and loved her story. She reminded him of his grandmother."
"Mother Jones was a fascinating figure even before her life as a labor organizer began . . . Josephson brings this remarkable woman to life through well-documented sources and photographs of Jones and the environs in which she worked . . . An accessible, genuine volume on a worthy figure in our history."
— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
". . . (Josephson) introduces readers to a brave woman who deserves attention and to important topics, including the harsh conditions child workers endured."
— Children's Literature
"Readers will be caught by the fierce personality of this brave woman, so ahead of her time, who dared to stand up to presidents and financiers for the rights of ordinary people . . . Josephson draws a lot on Mother Jones's candid autobiography, as well as on accounts by labor historians. The accounts are unobtrusively documented at the back of the book"
"Josephson draws on Mother Jones's letters, speeches, and autobiography (among other sources) to quote her, complete with her own misspellings, her own hasty punctuation-and the sometimes peppery words she herself chose in this spirited portrait of the Miners' Angel. The result is a biography as deliberate, focused, and accessible as its subject. Archival photos are included. Bibliography, index."
— The Horn Book Guide
"The book . . . follows the life of Mary Harris Jones from her birth to a poor farm family in Cork, Ireland, through her life-changing experiences in the coal mines and textile mills of the U.S. to her death at age 100 in 1930. The text, suitable for grades six and above, is accompanied by dozens of historic photos that help bring to life the suffering of those Mother Jones championed."
— Los Angeles Times
"At one time considered "the most dangerous woman in America," Mother Jones was influential in organizing workers in the early years of labor unions. . . . This is a well-researched and well-documented biography with clear b/w photos and facsimiles, source notes, and a biography of adult titles . . . readers will be rewarded with a clear picture of working conditions in the early 20th century and of a courageous woman whose efforts to change them were not always successful."
— Bay Views, (HIGH ADDITIONAL)
" . . . This well-researched biography is an excellent reference for teachers and an interesting novel for people interested in historical women leaders. Teenage to adult readers will admire Mary Harris Jones' courage and leadership."
— Signal Journal