Author: Muriel Rukeyser
Year Published: 1938
Description: US 1 is a collection of poetry by Muriel Rukeyser, a poet and political activist who devoted a lot of her writing to social issues, especially women's and workers' rights. Half of the book is dedicated to one poem in particular, "The Book of the Dead," a free-verse tribute to one of the worst industrial disasters in American history, when more than 1,000 workers, mostly African-Americans, died after being exposed to silica while building the Hawk's Nest Tunnel in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia in the early 1930s.
'These are roads to take when you think of your country'
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