Synopses & Reviews
Iron City is based on an actual court case and inspired by the author's experiences as a labor organizer and political prisoner. This well-crafted novel tells the story of Lonnie James, a black youth falsely convicted of-and sentenced to death for-the murder of a white businessman. From inside the iron city of a state penitentiary in a northern steel town, three black Communist prisoners spearhead a fight to save Lonnie James's life. In advancing the author's controversial socialist vision of black and white proletarian solidarity, Iron City unflinchingly confronts race relations in mid-twentieth-century America inside and outside prison walls.
A story of one man's struggle for justice and the discriminatory practices employed against black convicts, workers, and citizens, based on the writer's experiences as a labor organizer and a political prisoner.
A groundbreaking work of African American proletarian literature, first published in 1951 and now back in print.
Inspired by the writer's own experiences as a labor organizer and as a labor prisoner, this well-crafted novel tells the story of Lonnie James, a youth falsely convicted of murder, and the fight to save his life organized by three Communist black prisoners inside the "iron city" of a state penitentiary in a northern steel-mill center.