Dec 15, 09
Read in December, 2009
Inspired by her in-laws' recollections of working in coal country, Susan Campbell Bartoletti has gathered the voices of men, women, and children who immigrated
to and worked in northeastern Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. The story that emerges is not just a story of long hours, little pay, and hazardous
working conditions; it is also the uniquely American story of immigrant families working together to make a new life for themselves. It is a story of hardship
and sacrifice, yet also of triumph and the fulfillment of hopes and dreams.
I have always been interested in coal mining, and wanted to learn more about it. When I saw this book had been scanned for bookshare at 3 A.M. this morning, I picked it up to give it a read. I often find that young adult books prepare me to read books for adults on the same topic and this book was no different. this book is a great introduction to the trials, tribulations, joys and victories the coal miners and their children faced. Now to read more adult books on the same topic.