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I'm trying to remember a book I read in college (Eng lit)about the struggles of a group of dedicated workers to form a union, through the Communist Party, and the company's efforts to crush them. It's set in the early twentieth century, about 1920s, in New England or maybe the Midwest. I thought it was a Steibeck book but I can't find any connection. It was a pretty good human drama about capitalism and workers.
Thanks for any help!

message 2: by Rachel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:07PM) (new)

Rachel (rloos) | 11 comments Not sure if I'm on the right track, but are you describing "Sea Glass" by Anita Shreve? Maybe not, if you believe the novel was written some time ago.

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks, but no. Actually it was a few years ago that I was trying to remember this book, and it was reading Sea Glass--very good read--that reminded me of the older one.

message 4: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (hopingforchange) | 1 comments This is earlier than you say, but it might be Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell?

message 5: by Dave (new)

Dave | 15 comments Jack London has a number of books dedicated to that topic. "The Iron Heel" comes to mind (the book I had to read for college). Upton Sinclair had an enormous number of books on the subject, a Pulitzer prize winner or two among them - perhaps this Wikipedia link will help jog a memory:

Abigail (42stitches) | 21 comments I am currently reading the Adventures of Augie March and there is quite a long bit about Communist Party activity and Union organization about halfway through. It's a Saul Bellow set in Depression era and written in 49 I believe.

message 7: by Evan (new)

Evan | 27 comments Jailbird is Vonnegut's major union book, and made me think of the setting you described, but like so many of his books I couldn't finish it so can't really say.

message 8: by Amber (new)

Amber (ampatt) | 3 comments How Green was My Valley? shot in the dark

message 9: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 6939 comments Mod
Hum, if it weren't a few years too early I'd suggest Making Sense of the Molly Maguires or The Molly Maguires. But they were actually set too early for the time frame you are suggesting. Oh--1 is an actual history of the movement, the other is a novel about them

message 10: by Sesha (new)

Sesha (seshav) | 3 comments You can try reading the book "F.I.S.T" WARNER BROTHERS PUBLICATIONS. It was a movie

message 11: by Kate (last edited Aug 02, 2012 10:23PM) (new)

Kate Farrell | 4043 comments Mod
Hi Carmel, I hope you're still a member of this group. I'm wondering if any of the above books matched...?

Also, we generally move threads to the Abandoned folder if there hasn't been a post in two years.

Note to others: I tried to send a message to Carmel, but was not able to.

message 12: by Abigail (new)

Abigail (handmaiden) | 391 comments Deleted account of OP ====> "Now We'll Never Know."

message 13: by MisterFweem (new)

MisterFweem | 8 comments Steinbeck wrote IN DUBIOUS BATTLE about union organizing and busting, but it's set in California.

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