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Slices of American History

Alison Owings

in Hey, Waitress!

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780520217508
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217508.003.0003
Slices of American History

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This chapter examines the stories of the experiences of several waitresses, which also provide glimpses of certain events and facets of American history. One is a Native American waitress, while another was involved in the first southern sit-in. The chapter provides the story of the head of the oldest permanent waitresses union in Seattle, as well as an account of one of the Harvey Girls, a group of waitresses who worked in the Harvey restaurants along the Santa Fe railway. It also looks at the oldest waitress in the world, and a waitress who fought for women's rights.

Keywords: American history; southern sit-in; waitresses union; Harvey Girls; oldest waitress; women's rights

Chapter.  25609 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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