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F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime: A Social History Jean Maddern Pitrone

F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime: A Social History

Jean Maddern Pitrone

Published January 1st 2007
ISBN : 9780786430246
Paperback
221 pages
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This work is a full account of the chain, its rags-to-riches founder, Frank W. Woolworth, and his flamboyant and tragic descendants. It traces the important role that Woolworth stores played in the sit-down strikes of the 1930s, the lunch counterMoreThis work is a full account of the chain, its rags-to-riches founder, Frank W. Woolworth, and his flamboyant and tragic descendants. It traces the important role that Woolworth stores played in the sit-down strikes of the 1930s, the lunch counter sit-ins that began in Greensboro, North Carolina, as part of the Civil Rights movement (which tainted Woolworths as the Big Business enemy of the downtrodden), and the gradual disintegration of the five and tens during the 1980s and early 1990s. The dramatic story is enhanced with important photos featuring such events as the closing of a Woolworths in Germany by Nazi soldiers and the Greensboro sit-in as well as archival photos from Woolworths 40th, 50th, and 60th anniversary booklets.