Margaret Dreier Robins: Her Life, Letters and Work

Excerpt

The period in our national industrial story which this book covers is seen through the eyes of Margaret Dreier Robins, whose sheltered home held security, beauty and culture and to whom the conditions of industry were a shocking revelation. She found it hard to believe that in her beloved country such things existed, for she had a passionate faith in justice and democracy. Soon she discovered the chasm created by an autocratic industrial system in which the workers were helpless, and a political democracy which was believed to bring freedom. This meant raising the whole level of our industrial life so all workers could find work and an opportunity for the development of their own qualities of character, mind and spirit on a basis of decent living in the greatest democracy in the world.

She found more complete fulfillment in service than in the social life of her group and discovered exciting adventure in helping her working sisters find a better way of life through trade union organization.

The writer is inevitably biased by love and a common interest in her work. This is therefore no impersonal appraisal of a woman of ability and character whose qualities of leadership and fearlessness of thought and action brought both antagonisms and loyalties of no small dimensions. It is her life as expressed in her letters, speeches and actions, with the warmth of her personality held therein. She was always outgoing, gladly sharing what she had experienced, read or learned in the course of her active life. So her letters portray some of . . .

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1950

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