There is Power in a Union: Fiction & Nonfiction about the Labor Movement
Annotation:Morris Morgan thought town librarian would be a nice quiet job, but helping organizing workers lands him into the thick of the bloody 1919 Butte miners’ strike.
Annotation:As tensions mount between teamsters and longshoremen across the picket lines of depression era Seattle, a pair of star-crossed lovers find solidarity in each other’s arms.
Annotation:Seeking to rise out of poverty by marrying well, a factory worker’s daughter is caught up in class struggle and the rise of organized labor in 19th century Manchester.
Annotation:Eleven months before the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911, the workers went on strike. Their conflicting passions and interests are set in high relief in this novel for younger readers.
Annotation:Written in 1915, this landmark socialist novel traces the rise of organized labor through the evolving understanding and loyalties of Brooklyn harbor rat Billy, as he learns the ways of the world.
Annotation:In this thought-provoking 1936 novel, a pair of agitators urges migrant fruit-pickers to rise up and fight their oppressors, at a terrible cost.
Annotation:Despite unrest in 1935 Seattle, lumberjack Slip little suspects that accepting a ride from labor organizer Ellie Hobbes will lead to an epic manhunt across the wilds of Alaska.
Annotation:This rousing collection of songs, poems, fiction and oral history celebrates workers’ struggles and the dignity of labor.
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This list contains fiction and nonfiction titles that depict the struggles and triumphs of the American labor movement. It was created by librarians at the Seattle Public Library, in partnership with the Washington State Labor Council and NW Folklife.