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Shell Games

The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist

Jeffrey S. Copeland

354 pages
Paragon House
Set against a backdrop of murder, intrigue, and industrial labor conflict in the early twentieth century pearl button industry, Shell Games graphically portrays one of the most important battles in the fight for safe and humane working conditions. Filtered through the thoughts and emotions of Pearl McGill, a woman who stood heroically against the injustices destroying the lives of so many around her in the shops and factories, this conflict vividly comes to life and underscores many of the concerns contemporary workers still encounter.
Author Bio
Jeffrey Copeland is Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches children's and young adult literature courses and English Education. He has authored and edited numerous books, including Speaking of Poets and Young Adult Literature: A Contemporary Reader. A native St. Louisan, he lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.