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Offering a look at life during the California Gold Rush, this biography tells the story of Levi Strauss, the German immigrant who created the world's largest clothing manufacturer
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Grade 5-9-- Henry and Taitz' biography is also a well-organized and well-researched history of the German Jews who emigrated to the U. S. during the 19th century and eventually settled in San Francisco, forming their own community of merchant families who were heavily involved in buying, selling, and manufacturing. The authors include many interesting tidbits about Strauss and his enterprise, not the least of which is the story of Jacob Davis and his riveted denim pants, for which Strauss wisely paid the patent fee, making him millions. The clever title and Levi pocket symbol on the title page will attract readers, and the lively, flowing style is highly appropriate for the age level. Black-and-white photos and engravings show San Francisco during the period, gold miners wearing Levis, and the inside of Strauss' factory with hundreds of sewing machines run by American white women (he refused to hire cheap Chinese labor). An extensive bibliography and an 11-page appendix devoted to the gold rush, which directly influenced Strauss' business success, are included. Somewhat disappointing is the small number of personal quotes from Strauss himself, perhaps because there is little primary-source information about him. This is a fine biography that will help fill a void in middle-school collections. --Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX
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Book Description Dillon Pr, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0875183751
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0875183751