May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, celebrates workers and is observed throughout the Americas and much of the world. The date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Square labor massacre in Chicago in 1886. Adam Hochschild’s new book, Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor, tells the story of a remarkable woman against the backdrop of U.S. labor history.
Adam Hochschild is an author, historian, and lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. His works include King Leopold’s Ghost and Spain in Our Hearts.
Moderator Harley Shaiken is the Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies.
“In 'Rebel Cinderella,' [Hochschild] brings his roving curiosity to bear on a figure whose public life coincided with the roiling decades of the early 20th century, with its grotesque economic disparity, vicious anti-Semitism, seething white nationalism and swelling anti-immigrant fervor. The time of upheaval that he writes about bears an unnerving resemblance to our own.” – The New York Times