New Book Discussion: The Selected Letters of Florence Kelley, 1869-1931
Editor Kathryn Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor of History, SUNY, Binghamton; Editor Beverly Wilson Palmer, Research Associate, Pomona College; Sally Greenberg, Executive Director, National Consumer's League; Dorothy Ross, Professor Emerita of History, Johns Hopkins University, Kirsten Downey, author and journalist, commentators. Introduction by Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director of the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Florence Kelley ran the National Consumers' League from its founding in 1899 until her death in 1932 – Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter said about Kelley that she probably had a greater impact on social reform than any other American in the first three decades of the 20th Century. Kelley helped lead the fight for the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, got enacted the first laws providing for an eight-hour workday and the minimum wage. An ally of W.E.B. Du Bois, she was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. This volume collects nearly three hundred of Florence Kelley's letters, embracing such topics as improved working conditions for women and children, efforts to combat race discriminaton and the politics of equal rights versus special protections for working women. Please join us for a stimulating discussion of Florence Kelley's lasting contributions to labor rights in the United States.