Join us as we celebrate the publication of acclaimed author Adam Hochschild's new nonfiction book, Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes, out 3/2 in paperback. This program is free and open to the public. Register HERE to reserve your place.
About the Book: Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia. Two years later, she swept headlines when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple moved among the liveliest group of Socialist activists and dreamers this country has ever seen, including Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Margaret Sanger, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Rose stirred audiences to tears, led labor strikes, and distributed birth control information alongside the country's earliest feminists. President Woodrow Wilson called her "one of the dangerous influences of the country." Rebel Cinderella unearths the rich, overlooked life of a social justice campaigner truly ahead of her time.
"Adam Hochschild writes movingly about an unlikely pair who also served as a potent symbol . . . Hochschild is a superb writer who makes light work of heavy subjects . . . Where information is scant or nonexistent, he deploys elegant workarounds that evoke a vivid sense of time and place . . . Hochschild's book shows us what a radical movement looked like from the inside, with all of its high-flown idealism and personal intrigues. Whatever protections we take for granted once seemed unfathomable before they became real." -- New York Times
"This vibrant biography portrays the riveting charisma of the socialist activist Rose Pastor Stokes . . . Hochschild captures the improbability and idealism of both Pastor Stokes and her era, a time when it seemed that stark divisions of class, race, and gender might be erased, in an instant, by love." -- The New Yorker
"Adam Hochschild is among the most readable of historians . . . Hochschild has done a brilliant job of bringing [the Stokes's marriage] to life and in doing so, illuminating the complex social and economic history of a generation whose rabble-rousers and dreamers bequeathed us such reforms as Social Security, Medicare, child labor laws and the eight-hour day." -- Associated Press
About the Author: Adam Hochschild is the best-selling author of ten books, including King Leopold's Ghost and To End All Wars, both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award.
The astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who 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. Two years later, she swept headlines when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of New York high society.