VI
IN UNIONS THERE IS STRENGTH

IF YOUR idea of a typical woman Communist is an awkward, aggressive, disheveled, and slightly soiled female, then you have never seen Nicky Wollf. Nicky is young, pretty, graceful, and scrupulously clean. Her hair is always cut and curled according to the most recent fashions and she wears her clothes like a model.

And a clothes model is precisely what Nicky was before the coming of the WPA transformed her first into a teacher and again into a scientific research worker. Not one of those bored maidens, however, who stroll about Fifth Avenue salons in slinky negligees and trailing evening gowns, and get their pictures in the Sunday rotogravures. Nicky modeled $7.89 and $9.98 "numbers" in the showrooms of Sixth Avenue manufacturers.

If Nicky hadn't been so restless she need not have gone to work at all; in fact, her family was rather volubly opposed to her doing so. Although her father's health was now too bad for him to stand behind a counter for long hours he still had a third

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Illustrations v
  • Introduction vii
  • Workers on Relief 1
  • II - Joining the Wpa 18
  • III - Changing the Face of A City 69
  • IV - Adventures in Relief 123
  • V - The Evolution of Work Relief 174
  • VI - In Unions There Is Strength 229
  • VII - The Struggle for Individualism 265
  • VIII - Toward Understanding the Wpa 299
  • Index 343
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