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Common Sense and a Little FireWomen and WoOrleck, Anneliserking-Class Politics in the United States, 1900-1965$
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Annelise Orleck

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635910

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635910.001.0001

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Spark Plugs in Every Neighborhood: Clara Lemlich Shavelson and the Emergence of a Militant Working-Class Housewives’ Movement, 1913–1945

Spark Plugs in Every Neighborhood: Clara Lemlich Shavelson and the Emergence of a Militant Working-Class Housewives’ Movement, 1913–1945

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(p.215) 6 Spark Plugs in Every Neighborhood: Clara Lemlich Shavelson and the Emergence of a Militant Working-Class Housewives’ Movement, 1913–1945
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Common Sense and a Little Fire
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Annelise Orleck

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635910.003.0006

From the early 20th century through World War II, labor activism and women’s subsistence activism around tenants’ rights, food prices and education was central to industrial feminism and working-class women’s activism. This chapter traces the career of Clara Lemlich Shavelson after the 1909 uprising as she became a Communist Party activist and a leader in decades of rent strikes, kosher meat boycotts and the creation of working-class women’s neighbourhood councils. By 1935 her work had helped to spark a nation-wide meat boycott to protest price gouging.

Keywords:   housewives’ activism, subsistence, meat boycott, rent strikes, Communist Party, United Council of Working Class Women, Clara Lemlich Shavelson

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