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Out of This Furnace (Pitt Paperback; 120)

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ISBN13: 9780822952732
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Out of This Furnace is Thomas Bell’s most compelling achievement.  Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family — the Dobrejcaks — still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment.

The novel begins in the mid-1880s with the naive blundering career of Djuro Kracha. It tracks his arrival from the old country as he walked from New York to White Haven, his later migration to the steel mills of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and his eventual downfall through foolish financial speculations and an extramarital affair. The second generation is represented by Kracha’s daughter, Mary, who married Mike Dobrejcak, a steel worker. Their decent lives, made desperate by the inhuman working conditions of the mills, were held together by the warm bonds of their family life, and Mike’s political idealism set an example for the children. Dobie Dobrejcak, the third generation, came of age in the 1920s determined not to be sacrificed to the mills. His involvement in the successful unionization of the steel industry climaxed a half-century struggle to establish economic justice for the workers.

Out of This Furnace is a document of ethnic heritage and of a violent and cruel period in our history, but it is also a superb story. The writing is strong and forthright, and the novel builds constantly to its triumphantly human conclusion.

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Reprint of the novel originally published in 1941 by Little, Brown, and OP since the Liberty Book Club edition of 1950. Acidic paper.
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The novel begins in the mid-1880s with the naive blundering career of Djuro Kracha. It tracks his arrival from the old country as he walked from New York to White Haven, his later migration to the steel mills of Braddock, and his eventual downfall through foolish financial speculations and an extramarital affair.

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Valerie Hernandez, September 9, 2007 (view all comments by Valerie Hernandez)
Could someone tell me why this is listed in the African-American section? I'm confused.
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ISBN:
9780822952732
Author:
Bell, Thomas
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Location:
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Steel industry and trade
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Braddock (Pa.)
Subject:
Slovaks.
Subject:
Braddock
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
History
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
Slovaks - Pennsylvania - Braddock - History
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Pitt Paperback; 120
Series Volume:
no. 70
Publication Date:
19760631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , The novel begins in the mid-1880s with the naive blundering career of Djuro Kracha. It tracks his arrival from the old country as he walked from New York to White Haven, his later migration to the steel mills of Braddock, and his eventual downfall through foolish financial speculations and an extramarital affair.
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