There is Power in a Union: Fiction & Nonfiction about the Labor Movement

The Man Who Never Died
The Man Who Never Died The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon By Adler, William M. Book - 2011 331.88609 H5533A 2011 Available in some locations
Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar
Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar Stories of Work Book - 2011 FIC BLUE CO 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Thirty-two stories from a diverse range of authors explore the intersections of work and life.

For the Win
For the Win By Doctorow, Cory Book - 2010 YA DOCTORO Available in some locations

Annotation:When virtual realities give rise to real world slave labor, young workers get organized against their oppressive overlords, the gamers.

Work Song
Work Song By Doig, Ivan Book - 2010 FIC DOIG 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Clara and Merritt
Clara and Merritt By Donahue, Peter Book - 2010 FIC DONAHUE 2010 Available in some locations

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.

There Is Power in A Union
There Is Power in A Union The Epic Story of Labor in America By Dray, Philip Book - 2010 331.88097 D797T 2010 Available in some locations
"They're Bankrupting Us!"
"They're Bankrupting Us!" And 20 Other Myths About Unions By Fletcher, Bill Book - 2012 331.88097 F632T 2012 Available in some locations
From the Jaws of Victory
From the Jaws of Victory The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement By García, Matt Book - 2012 331.8813 C3986G 2012 Available in some locations
Mary Barton
Mary Barton By Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn Book - 2006 FIC GASKELL 2006 Available in some locations

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.

Uprising
Uprising By Haddix, Margaret Peterson Book - 2011 YA HADDIX Available in some locations

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.

Going Down Jericho Road
Going Down Jericho Road The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign By Honey, Michael K. Book - 2007 331.89281 H7571G 2007 Available in some locations
Uprising
Uprising How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, From Madison to Wall Street By Nichols, John Book - 2012 303.48409 N517U 2012 Available in some locations
Labor Rising
Labor Rising The Past and Future of Working People in America Book - 2012 331.88097 L1135 2012 Available in some locations
Revolution in Seattle
Revolution in Seattle A Memoir By O'Connor, Harvey Book - 2009 331.8925 Oc55R 2009 In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies
The Harbor
The Harbor By Poole, Ernest Book - 2011 FIC POOLE 2011 Available in some locations

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.

In Dubious Battle
In Dubious Battle By Steinbeck, John Book - 2006 FIC STEINBE 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 7 copies

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.

The Big Both Ways
The Big Both Ways By Straley, John Book - 2008 MYSTERY STRALEY 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 1 copy

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.

Wisconsin Uprising
Wisconsin Uprising Labor Fights Back Book - 2010 331.89309 W7538 2010 Available in some locations
The Working Waterfront
The Working Waterfront The Story of Tacoma's Ships and Men By Magden, Ronald Book - 1982 387.10979 M271W Available in some locations
Working Words
Working Words Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams Book - 2010 810.8 W89251 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This rousing collection of songs, poems, fiction and oral history celebrates workers’ struggles and the dignity of labor.

I Never Stopped Believing
I Never Stopped Believing The Life of Walter Hubbard By Yockey, Roger Book - 2007 979.777 H8619Y 2007 Available in some locations
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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.


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