Mary Smith

Mary Smith

By A. U’Ren

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Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003

Based on a true story.  Mary Smith is a knocker-up.  Before there were reliable alarms, people like Mary would go around town and wake people up by tapping on their windows.  Mary was unique because she used a pea shooter to shoot dried peas at people’s windows until they awoke and came to the window.  All around town she would go, until the morning started and all was right with the world.

A great history book that focuses on a unique part of history that people don’t usually think of.  Could be used to establish historical context for the European Industrial Revolution.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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