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The radium girls : they paid with their lives, their final fight was for justice

By: Moore, Kate

1471153878 / 9781471153877
Stock expected by 23/10/2019
24 cm xiii, 465 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white)
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'The importance of the brave and blighted dial-painters cannot be overstated.' Sunday Times `A perfect blend of the historical, the scientific and the personal.' Bustle `Thrilling and carefully crafted.' Mail on Sunday Ordinary women in 1920s America. All they wanted was the chance to shine. Be careful what you wish for. `The first thing we asked was, "Does this stuff hurt you?" And they said, "No." The company said that it wasn't dangerous, that we didn't need to be afraid.' 1917.

As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium.

It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint.

They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses.

The very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was in fact slowly killing them: they had been poisoned by the radium paint.

Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering - in the face of death - these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished sources - including diaries, letters and court transcripts, as well as original interviews with the women's relatives - The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story.

It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties, who themselves learned how to roar.


1KBB USA, 3JJG c 1918 to c 1939 (Inter-war period), HBTB Social & cultural history, JFSJ1 Gender studies: women, RNP Pollution & threats to the environment, RNQ Nuclear issues

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