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Children's Nonfiction General

Shoes for Everyone

A Story about Jan Matzeliger

by (author) Barbara Mitchell

illustrated by Hetty Mitchell

Lerner Publishing Group
Initial publish date
Aug 1986
General, Cultural Heritage, Science & Technology
Recommended Age
9 to 14
Recommended Grade
4 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 1986
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Jan Matzeliger felt anything but welcome in Philadelphia in 1873. As well as being a foreigner, Jan was half African American, which meant that most doors were closed to him. Although the Civil War had been over for nearly ten years, inequality for African Americans still persisted in its aftermath. However, Jan refused to let prejudice keep him from achieving his dream of making a shoe-lasting machine to replace the tedious, time-consuming hand sewing that held up shoe manufacturing processes in his day.

About the authors

Barbara Mitchell is an author, speaker, and human resources consultant. She is the coauthor of The Big Book of HR, The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook, The Conflict Resolution Phrase Book, and The Essential HR Handbook. Most of her HR career was spent with Marriott International. Barbara is managing partner of The Mitchell Group and an innovative career transition coach.

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