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Eva McDonald Valesh

Photograph of Eva McDonald Valesh
Title: Photograph of Eva McDonald Valesh
Type: Photograph
Date: ca. 1885
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Journalist Eva Valesh (1866-1956) worked to expose poor working conditions in Minneapolis factories and mills during the late 1800s. She was active in many political and labor movements of her time. Her work earned her both respect and criticism. Factory owners were angered that she exposed the working conditions of their employees, and many people thought she should be at home doing traditional "women's work."
One of Valesh's First Articles
Title: One of Valesh's First Articles
Type: Newspaper
Date: March 1888
Source: St. Paul Daily Globe

Description: Valesh's first newspaper article described the working conditions for women in local factories.
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Article About Eva Valesh
Title: Article About Eva Valesh
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1891
Source: The Great West

Description: This short article describes the effect Valesh had on those who disagreed with her and her role in society.
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Valesh Describes Her Work
Title: Valesh Describes Her Work
Type: Diary
Date: no date
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Eva Valesh wrote reminsicences of her work as a labor activist. In this section, she describes how she entered factories disguised as a worker and then wrote about the poor working conditions in the newspaper.
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Valesh Writes About Her Travels
Title: Valesh Writes About Her Travels
Type: Letter
Date: no date
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Eva Valesh writes to a friend about the Alliance Party members she is meeting on her trip out East and her hopes for the future.
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Valesh Lists Her Accomplishments
Title: Valesh Lists Her Accomplishments
Type: Letter
Date: no date
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Valesh wrote these notes in a letter to a friend who was preparing her biography. Valesh describes her work for the newspapers and the labor movement.
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