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F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime By Jean Maddern Pitrone

F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime
by Jean Maddern Pitrone

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For more than a century, Woolworth's five and dime stores represented Americana, mirroring the country's growth. The chain was founded by Frank W Woolworth, who in 1879 established two stores. This work offers an account of the chain, its rags-to-riches founder, Frank W Woolworth, and his flamboyant and tragic descendants.
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F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime: A Social History by Jean Maddern Pitrone

For more than a century, Woolworth's five and dime stores represented Americana, mirroring the country's growth, its good times and bad, its foibles and its fads. The chain was founded by Frank W. Woolworth, who in 1879 established two stores - one in Utica, New York, which failed and was closed down, and another in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which succeeded and marked the beginning of the legacy of the Woolworth's Five and Tens. 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 counter sit-ins that began in Greensboro, North Carolina, as part of the Civil Rights movement (which tainted Woolworth's 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 Woolworth's in Germany by Nazi soldiers and the Greensboro sit-in as well as archival photos from Woolworth's 40th, 50th, and 60th anniversary booklets.

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F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime Reviews


"a nice study...recommended"--Choice; "valuable...richly detailed"--The Journal of American Culture.

About Jean Maddern Pitrone


Jean Maddern Pitrone has worked as an instructor for Writer's Digest and has won a number of awards for her writings on American culture, including a Friends of American Writers first prize. She lives in Trenton, Michigan.

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GOR009680661
F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime: A Social History by Jean Maddern Pitrone
Jean Maddern Pitrone
Used - Very Good
Paperback
McFarland & Co Inc
2007-04-15
229
0786430249
9780786430246
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