by Maryann N. Weidt
In 1847, an eighteen-year-old immigrant arrived in New York. He had little in his pockets and no knowledge of English. Yet, by 1874, people throughout the United States knew him as the man who made blue jeans with copper rivets. In "Mr. Blue Jeans" Maryann N. Weidt presents the history of this hardworking man, as he struggles through long, grueling days as a peddler and challenging times as a young businessman. Strauss's honesty, integrity, and generosity stand out as clearly as his name, making his story well worth reading.