• Type: Books
  • By: Melanie Crowder
  • Age Category: Teens
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Recommended by: Eyal S.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780399168994
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Inspired by real-life activist Clara Lemlich’s fight for equal labor rights in early 1900s NYC.

Told in free verse, Audacity is a fictionalized take on Clara Lemlich’s early life up to the famous Uprising of 20,000. Clara’s story begins in Russia, where she and her family live in a close Jewish community. When anti-Semitic sentiment drives them to America, Clara takes a job to support her family, but the abusive environment of the sweatshops convince her to instead strive to improve the working conditions of the women in the garment industry, against the wishes of her family, employers, and even some of the men who fight alongside her.