The 1910 Diary of May Fitzsimmons: The story of a courtship, a hat factory, and the life of Irish immigrants in Orange, New Jersey
by Patricia Beynen
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In 1910 the world had changed. Irish girls in America no longer had to go into service at age 11 because there were too many mouths to feed at home, like May's mother did. Or they didn't have to emigrate to a whole new country in hopes of giving their children possibilities, like Peter's mother's story in Ireland.
Instead, they could live in Orange, New Jersey, living a life of family, jobs, church, prospects, and perhaps new love. They worked hard, pooled their money, lived together, shared triumphs, and sometimes tragedies.
That was the year that Peter courted May, he the oldest McBride boy, she the oldest Fitzsimmons girl. It was also the year of the Unions, the sickness, and the bosses at the No Name Hat Factory, where May worked trimming hats.
May's diary narrates her life, tells her secrets, and describes what a proper young Catholic girl should be thinking about, according to her priest.
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
Length: 58 Pages (1,487 KB)Lending: Not EnabledAdded: Feb 27th, 2020