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The son of freed slaves, Garrett Morgan was determined to have a better life than laboring in the Kentucky fields with his parents and ten siblings. He began by sweeping floors in a clothing factory in Cleveland, Ohio, where he decided to invent a stronger belt for sewing machines. When he was promoted to sewing-machine repairman, Garrett was on his way. In 1911, 146 workers died in the shocking Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, so Garrett decided to invent a safety hood for firefighters. Little did he know that most people wouldn't be interested in buying his safety hood when they discovered its inventor was black. But an explosion that trapped workers in a tunnel under Lake Erie soon changed all that. Garrett's hoods were rushed to the scene and used to rescue as many men as possible. Developed further, Garrett's invention came to save thousands of soldiers from chlorine gas in the trenches of World War I.

Reviews

PRAISE FOR In the Bag! by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins: "In clean, straightforward prose, Kulling explains how Knight's interest in and knack for machines was present even at a young age ... Paired with Parkins's detailed and handsome pen-and-ink illustrations, the book focuses on Knight's invention of a paper bag-manufacturing machine and her legal fight to protect her creation after her idea was stolen." --Publishers Weekly "Knight's achievements are illustrated in an affable caricature style that is one part David Catrow and one part David Small, highlighting Margaret's spunk and determination. An author's note adds a short summary of this little-known woman's fantastic, unconventional life." --Booklist " Kulling's lively text tells an inspiring story about this determined woman who 'never gave up without a fight.' David Parkins' charming illustrations are filled with carefully drawn period details and engaging humor.... Don't miss this really excellent book that opens the door to a multitude of curricular uses." --Bookends, a Booklist Blog

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781101918821

    February 15, 2017

    Tundra Books

    32 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • Hardback

    9781770495203

    January 15, 2016

    Tundra Books

    32 pages

    RRP $48.00

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Going Up!
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In The Bag!
It's A Snap!
All Aboard!

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