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Out of this Furnace

Out of This Furnace

Author: Thomas Bell

Year Published: 1941

Description: Through the story of three generations of one family in a Pennsylvania steel town, Out of This Furnace chronicles the struggle of America's steelworkers to unionize, from the Homestead strikes of the late 1800s to success in the 1930s. Although fiction, the book is based on the author's own family and depicts the pervasive poverty and discrimination faced by immigrants of the era. First published in 1941, but reissued in 1971, it is considered a seminal work on the intersecting issues of immigration, industrialization and unionism.

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