Gunpowder girls : the true stories of three Civil War tragedies / Tanya Anderson.

By: Anderson, Tanya [author.]
Material type: TextTextDescription: 157 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cmISBN: 9780966925876; 0966925874Subject(s): Gunpowder industry -- Accidents -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Women -- Employment -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Ammunition -- History -- 19th century | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- War work | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- WomenDDC classification: 338.4/7623450973 LOC classification: HD9663.U62 | A54 2016
Contents:
Part I: Catastrophe at the Allegheny Arsenal, Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, September 17, 1862 -- Part II: A horrible accident at the Confederate States Laboratory, Richmond, Virginia, March 13, 1863 -- Part III: Stars and fire at the Washington Arsenal, Washington, D.C., June 17, 1864.
Summary: With thousands of men off fighting in the Civil War, the government hired women and girls--some as young as ten--to make millions of rounds of ammunition. Poor immigrant girls and widows paid the price for carelessness at three major arsenals. Many of these workers were killed, blown up and burned beyond recognition. As Steve Sheinkin did with The Port Chicago 50, Tanya Anderson in Gunpowder Girls tells an amazing war story that finally gives its subjects their due. Hidden history comes alive through primary-source research and page-turning narrative. Gunpowder Girls is a story of child labor and immigrant hopes and the cruel, endless demands of an all-consuming war.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part I: Catastrophe at the Allegheny Arsenal, Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, September 17, 1862 -- Part II: A horrible accident at the Confederate States Laboratory, Richmond, Virginia, March 13, 1863 -- Part III: Stars and fire at the Washington Arsenal, Washington, D.C., June 17, 1864.

With thousands of men off fighting in the Civil War, the government hired women and girls--some as young as ten--to make millions of rounds of ammunition. Poor immigrant girls and widows paid the price for carelessness at three major arsenals. Many of these workers were killed, blown up and burned beyond recognition. As Steve Sheinkin did with The Port Chicago 50, Tanya Anderson in Gunpowder Girls tells an amazing war story that finally gives its subjects their due. Hidden history comes alive through primary-source research and page-turning narrative. Gunpowder Girls is a story of child labor and immigrant hopes and the cruel, endless demands of an all-consuming war.

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