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  1. Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl: Soapbox Artist & Poet BOOK

    Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl: Soapbox Artist & Poet BOOK


    Exhibition catalog of Mexican-American Chicago based artist and IWW activist. Creator of our Joe Hill, Ben Fletcher and Lucy Parsons posters. Learn More
  2. Fixed and Confused: Social Work in Animal Shelters or: Dairy Farming in a Lactose Intolerant World

    Fixed and Confused: Social Work in Animal Shelters or: Dairy Farming in a Lactose Intolerant World


    Fixed and Confused: Social Work in Animal Shelters or: Dairy Farming in a Lactose Intolerant World Learn More
  3. Harlem Glory

    Harlem Glory


    A Fragment of Aframerican Life

    by Claude McKay

    Written in the late 1940s but unpublished till now, this superb portrayal of Black life during the Great Depression and the New Deal is virtually a sequel to the classic Home to Harlem. Mckay's vivid, warm evocations of the omnipresent numbers racket, all-night jazz parties and the whole exuberant and cacophonous clash of social movements and ideologies - Black nationalism and industrial unionism as well as incipient Muslim and other heterodox religious formations - provide the context for a fast-paced narrative of love, work, play and revolt in Black America during one of the most stirring periods in US history. Astutely sensitive to the extraordinary vitality and diversity of Black culture, and drawing on the author's experiences in the IWW and the extreme Left of the socialist movement, Harlem Glory reveals Claude McKay at his very best.

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  4. Lyddie - Katherin Paterson



    In 1843, three years after her father abandons his failing Vermont farm, 10-year-old Lyddie and her younger brother Charles are hired out as servants, while Mama and the two youngest children go off to live with relatives. After spending a grueling year working in a tavern, Lyddie flees to Lowell, Mass., in hopes of finding a better job that will provide enough income to pay off farm debts and allow the family to be reunited. Life continues to be a struggle after she is employed in a cloth factory, but Lyddie finds refuge from wretched working conditions by burying herself in books. Learn More
  5. Portraits In Steel

    Portraits In Steel


    Photographs by Milton Rogovin

    Interviews by Michael Frisch

    This powerful book documents--in images and words--the unsettling experience of a dozen men and women workers who lost their jobs in the steel mills of Buffalo, New York, and had to fashion new lives for themselves. A stunning collection of revealing narratives that bears witness to wrenching changes in the American economy. Photographs.

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  6. Strike!



    by Mary Heaton Vorse

    Introduction by Dee Garrison

    The most famous of the bloody southern textile strikes that took place in the late 1920s occurred at the Loray Mill in Gastonia, North Carolina, where workers endured fifty-five-hour work weeks, the stretchout, and pay so low that everyone in their families over sixteen normally was expected to enter the mill. Strike! is a vivid portrait of the mill workers' living and working conditions, the discomfort of the few southern liberals, the labor spies, the wavering morale of the strikers, the shootings, deaths, and trials, and the vigilante mobs.

    The story is told by Mary Heaton Vorse, the leading labor reporter of the period, who had covered major strikes since 1912. This novel was the first of six inspired by the Gastonia strike. Critics hailed it as the best.

    Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966) was a fiction writer and radical journalist whose published works include Labor's New Millions and Autobiography of an Elderly Woman. Her career took her from union uprisings in 1912 through two world wars and early U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Dee Garrison, a member of the history department at Rutgers University, is the author of Mary Heaton Vorse: The Life of an American Insurgent.

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  7. The Job

    The Job


    By Sinclair Lewis

    Three years before the civic-minded Carol Kennicott came to life in Main Street, Una Golden was confronting the male dinosaurs of business. Like Carol, the heroine of The Job is one of Sinclair Lewis's most fully realized creations. Originally published in 1917, The Job was his first controversial novel. A 'working girl' in New York City, Una Golden—caught in the dilemmas of marriage or career, husband or office, birth control or motherhood—is the prototype of the businesswoman of popular and literary culture.
    Sinclair Lewis''s 'first distinguished work of fiction.'—James D. Hart, Oxford Companion to American Literature
    (James D. Hart Oxford Companion to American Literature )

    'Sinclair Lewis has one attribute of genius—sympathetic insight. . . . He has not only made a woman who works for her living the central figure of his story, he has insisted on doing so without sentimentality or melodrama or false pathos.'—New Republic
    (New Republic )

    'Sane, generous, well-balanced, above all real, [the novel] interprets by presenting this world as it is.'—New York Times
    (New York Times )

    'Lewis was consciously exploring [in The Job] the choices and pressures that women felt personally and socially during the first third of the twentieth century. And, yes, this fictional exploration still has relevance emotionally and politically because the choices for and pressures on women have not been significantly modified.'—Nan Bauer Maglin, Massachusetts Review
    (Massachusetts Review )


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  8. The Radical Novel in the United States, 1900-1954: Some Interrelations of Literature and Society

    The Radical Novel in the United States, 1900-1954: Some Interrelations of Literature and Society


    This study examines the relationship between society and literature and shows how the proletarian novel, a literary phenomenon of the 1930s, was a reflection of current interest in revolutionary Marxism. Also discussed are the reasons why literary critics of the following decades dismissed these writings as bizarre and improbable and questioned how the writers could have so badly miscalculated the future. Learn More
  9. Woody Guthrie Artworks

    Woody Guthrie Artworks


    The journals, drawings, and sketchbooks of an American original

    Steven Brower & Nora Guthrie

    with contributions from Billy Bragg & Jeff Tweedy

    Songwriter, poet, writer, political activist . . . and, perhaps most fundamental to his work but least known about Woody Guthrie, artist. 'Contrary to popular mythology, it was with paint brushes in hand, not a guitar, that Guthrie hit the road for California. He had hocked his guitar . . . and it was his artistic skills that he brokered for room and board.' So begins Nora's fascinating revelations about her father's vast body of artwork. Other than the drawings for his autobiography, Bound for Glory, few have seen Guthrie's art. This is because much of it is inextricably bound into diaries and work books into which he poured his images, and which are presented here for the first time. Guthrie worked as a commercial artist, illustrating album covers, books, and newspaper columns, and kept a daily record of his life, and of American life, in thousands of pictures. Some complement song-writing in such a fluid way that they often appear interwoven with handwritten lyrics. The stinging honesty, humor, and wit found in his music are also to be found in his art, layering our understanding of his social, political, and spiritual life. In more than 300 examples, his visual creativity is apparent, from political cartoons to bawdy and comical gouaches to children's art to abstract emotional outpourings. Drawing extensively on Guthrie's words, Brower unveils an enhanced portrait of one of America's greatest creative forces.

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