Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes

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From the best-selling author of King Leopold's Ghost and Spain in Our Hearts comes the astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who married an heir to a great American fortune and became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time.

Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Jack London, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Rose stirred audiences to tears and led strikes of restaurant waiters and garment workers. She campaigned alongside the country’s earliest feminists to publicly defy laws against distributing information about birth control, earning her notoriety as “one of the dangerous influences of the country” from President Woodrow Wilson. But in a way no one foresaw, her too-short life would end in the same abject poverty with which it began.

By a master of narrative nonfiction, Rebel Cinderella unearths the rich, overlooked life of a social justice campaigner who was truly ahead of her time.

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    Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes Reviews

  • Mal Warwick

    You’re unlikely ever to have come across her name before, but you’ll be fascinated by the remarkable story Berkeley author Adam Hochschild tells about her life in his latest excursion into popular...

  • Bruce Katz

    3.5 I've enjoyed Hochschild's books in the past. This one seemed like a slight step down -- somehow the whole didn't seem equal to the sum of its parts. The life of Rose Pastor Stokes forms the skelet...

  • Mary

    This is the fourth book I've read by Adam Hochschild and the first disappointment. The unlikely marriage of Rose Pastor, a Jewish, poorly educated immigrant from the Lower East Side, and Graham Phelps...

  • Jonny Moskowitz

    Fascinating story that is sadly still poignant and relevant today. Another great read by Hochschild. ...

  • Rachael

    This is a fascinating look at the life of Rose Pastor Stokes, who is largely forgotten today but was a leader of the left in her day.*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy....

  • Linda Krasnow

    I didn't enjoy much about this book. It contained a lot of information, perhaps too much information. It almost seemed like an Erik Larson book where it seems you go down the rabbit hole of detail. Ad...

  • Paul Waibel

    In a time when it was said that a woman’s name should appear in the newspapers only to announce her birth, engagement, marriage, and death, Rose Parker Stokes was the woman’s name most often appea...

  • Sue Wakula

    Good biography of a woman unknown to most of us but who, during her early life, was known worldwide for her activism for the working class, having come from that station herself before surprisingly ma...

  • (a)lyss(a)

    I received a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. This book was around 3.5 stars for me.It's an informative and educational read about Rose Pastor Stokes...

  • Miriam

    An interesting biography of Rose Pastor Stokes, a Jewish - Russian immigrant who landed first in London, then in Cleveland as sweatshop cigar roller, and finally, in 1903, in NYC. I knew little about ...