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Darkness Visible: A Novel of the 1892 Homestead Strike

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Darkness Visible imaginatively recreates a defining moment in American labor history: the battle between strikers and company-hired Pinkerton guards in Homestead, Pennsylvania, on July 6, 1892. Disowned by his minister father, university student Emlyn Phillips forsakes the bleak coalfields of South Wales to make a fresh start. Aided by his brother-in-law Gwyn Jones, he fin ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published February 2012 by Steelworks Press
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Esteban del Mal
Mar 10, 2012 Esteban del Mal rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: George Eliot fans, those interested in American history
Recommended to Esteban by: Ceridwen Love Apple
This book took me back, not only to the Homestead Strike that it is ostensibly about, but to the first time I read George Eliot. Granted, it takes place a continent away and a few generations removed from Eliot's pastoral England, but the humanism and social justice is there.

If you don't know anything about the Homestead Strike or didn't bother to click my thoughtful link up there, let me assure you that it was ugly. People died. Union workers as well as those hired by business interests to fig
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Sparrow
Jan 08, 2012 Sparrow rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bird Brian, Mr. Alves, Linda Harrison, fans of historical fiction
This was a slow burn, explosion, and slow burn again. As you can see from the book summary, it tells the story of the Homestead Strike against Carnegie Steel and the apocalypse that followed. My high school American history teacher did his master’s thesis on the depression of 1893, so we all heard about it every once in a while, and I was not surprised about the bleak conditions in this story. At the same time, it really explored the cracks and details of the nightmare of life after the Industri ...more
Simon
Mar 11, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it
Excellent novel about a big 1892 strike in the Homestead, PA steelworks, owned by Carnegie and run by Frick. The author's great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather (I hope I'm getting the right number of 'greats') appear as minor characters in the novel and their experiences, handed down by her family, are what led to her interest in these important events. Perhaps this route to the material accounts for one of the novel's most striking and successful features, the palpable sense it gives of ...more
Holly Windle
Apr 25, 2012 Holly Windle rated it it was amazing
A compelling fictionalized story of a sad (true) event in American labor history, and a believable look at several aspects of the immigrant experience. Because the author takes us into the minds of people connected with different factions of the Homestead Strike, it took some time for me to get my bearings, and at the end I was sorry not to learn more about some minor characters I had become interested in. (The compensation, however, was a section at the back that indicated what happened to the ...more
Carmen
Aug 23, 2012 Carmen rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway
I truly enjoyed this book about the Homestead Strike in 1892. The novel was character-driven which can sometimes be missing in novels based on real life events, which can tend towards being rather too informative. I'll admit, when I first picked it up I was skeptical at its ability to hold my interest but it drew me in and I couldn't stop reading (supper was late, housework not done!). I was surprised where the story ended, but also thankful. While some story lines aren't fully closed, that is w ...more
Jane
Sep 11, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book from the author from the Goodreads First Reads program. As an avid reader of historical fiction, I really enjoyed this novel about Emlyn Phillips, a Welsh immigrant to the town of Homestead in Pennsylvania, because, unlike a lot of historical fiction, this was a novel not about aristocracy, but about everyday people. Busch researched her family background for the premise of this novel - the story of families in Homestead leading up to and beyond the Homestead strike of ...more
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Trilby Busch was born and raised in the Steel Valley of Homestead, Pennsylvania. Her paternal great-grandfather was killed in the Homestead Works in the immediate aftermath of the 1892 strike. She served on the Board of Contributors to the Opinion Page of the Minneapolis Star, writing about historical preservation and folklore. A longtime resident of Minneapolis, she is retired from teaching colle ...more
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