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HobbyLinc strikers figurine set is discontinued, list price was $13.99
This was an actual product: figure set for HO-scale railroad
of 5 strikers, barrier sawhorse, and policeman.


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Labor Leaders

New Men  "The New Men of Power: America's Labor Leaders"
[Harcourt Brace 1948] by C. Wright Mills

Univ IL Press pb [9/2001] for $17.95
Univ IL Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/2001] for $40.00
A.M. Kelley hardcover [1/71] for $46.99

C. Wright Mills [1916-62] Page at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Labor Leaders in America book edited by Melvyn Dubofsky & Warren Van Tine  "Labor Leaders In America" [1987]
Edited and with an Introduction by Melvyn Dubofsky & Warren Van Tine

chapters/topics include César Chávez, Eugene V. Debs, Samuel Gompers, William Green, William D. Haywood, Sidney Hillman, Jimmy Hoffa, John L. Lewis, George Meany, Philip Murray, Terrence V. Powderly, A. Philip Randolph, Walter Reuther, Rose Schneiderman & William H. Sylvis
Univ Illinois Press 9x6 pb [1987] out of print/many used
Univ Illinois Press 9½x6½ hardcover [10/90] out of print/used
Dubofsky's faculty homepageVan Tine's faculty homepage


socialist leader Ella Reeves 'Mother' Bloor [1862-1951]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella_Reeve_Bloor
Bloor's autobiography "We Are Many" was published in 1940
her granddaughter was actress Herta Ware who was married to Will Geer from 1934-1954


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Cesar E. Chavez [1927-93] Page

Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers Section


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Eugene V. Debs [1855-1926] Page


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Samuel Gompers [1850-1924] Page


Sidney Hillman [1887–1946]
"Labor Will Rule: Sidney Hillman and The Rise of American Labor" [] by Steve Fraser


leaders of the International Workers of The World [est. 1905] aka the I.W.W. or 'Wobblies'

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn [1890-1964]

'Big Bill' Haywood [1869-1928]

Joe Hill [1879-1915]


Mary Harris 'Mother' Jones [1837-1930]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Harris_Jones
"The Autobiography of Mother Jones" [1925]
"Mother Jones Speaks" [Millbrook Press, 1994] Edited by Penny Colman
"Mother Jones, America's Most Dangerous Woman" video [2007] /tt1493006/

Mother Jones and the Colorado Coal Field War book by Lois Ruby  "Strike! Mother Jones and The Colorado Coal Field War" [2012]
by Lois Ruby

Kindle Edition from Filter Press [9/2012] for $6.99
Filter Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2012] for $8.95
Filter Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/2012] for $17.95


Florence Kelley [1859–1932]

John L. Lewis [1880–1969]
"Labor and The Nation" [] by John L. Lewis
"John L. Lewis: A Biography" [] by Melvyn Dubofsky & Warren Van Tine

George Meany [1894-1980]

sociologist C. Wright Mills [1916-62] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Terence V. Powderly [1849-1924]
autobiography "The Path I Trod" []

Jackie Presser [1925-88] entry at Wikipedia

A. Philip Randolph [1889–1979]
"A. Philip Randolph: A Biographical Portrait" [] by Jervis Anderson

Walter Reuther [1907–70]
"Walter Reuther: The Most Dangerous Man In Detroit" [] by Nelson Lichtenstein

Lech Walesa of Poland
http://www.amazon.com/Lech-Walesa-Biography/dp/B000VSCEZA/


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Music, Other Media

Seeger Carry It On  "Carry It On: Songs of America's Working People" [1992]
by Pete Seeger, Si Kahn & Jane Sapp

Flying Fish audio CD [9/92] for $14.99
Guthrie Dust Bowl Ballads  "Dust Bowl Ballads" [1994] by Woody Guthrie
B.M.G. Intl. audio CD [12/99] 14 tracks for $10.27
Buddha / BMG audio CD [7/2000] out of prodn/used
Classic Labor Songs From Smithsonian Folkways  "Classic Labor Songs From Smithsonian Folkways" [2006]
Smithsonian Folkways audio CD [5/2006] for $11.98
Songs of The Coal Miner's Struggle bluegrass album  "Harlan County USA: Songs of The Coal Miners's Struggle" [2006]
Rounder Records Umgd soundtrack CD [5/2006] 22 tracks for $14.99
featuring seven songs by Hazel Dickens, plus artists & groups Norman Blake, Phyllis Boyens (2), Connie & Babe featuring Red Roberts, Country Cooking band, J.P. Fraley, Jim Garland, Sarah Gunning (2), the Johnson Mountain Boys, the Old Home String Band, Florence Reece, Merle Travis, Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton, and Nimrod Workman


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Fiction Related to Union Struggles

On The Iron At Big Cloud railroad novel by Frank L. Packard  "On The Iron At Big Cloud" [1911] by Frank L. Packard [1877-1942]
There is labor strife at the Big Cloud railroad construction camp, and the managers keep quitting; young civil engineer Dick Holman talks his uncle, the railroad's general superintendent, into sending him to Big Cloud to get the situation straightened out, intending to prove his mettle.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2/2011] for 99¢ {sic}
TheClassics.US 9¾x7½ pb [9/2013] for $14.63
Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [9/2010] for $23.00
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [9/2010] for $33.80
Wide Open Town Western novel by Myron Brinig  "Wide Open Town: A Novel" [Farrar & Rinehart 1931]
by Myron Brinig [1896-1991], Illustrated by Earl Ganz

A story of labor strife and love set in 1910 in fictional Silver Bow, representing Butte, Montana. A lover of fresh air works deep in the mines, his powerful uncle faces a crisis, and a girl from the 'dark side' of town in love with the miner tries to reform herself.
Sweetgrass / Farcountry Press 9x6 pb [6/93] for $12.95
Spirit of America Bookstore's Myron Brinig [1896-1991] Page
Dubious Battle novel by John Steinbeck  "In Dubious Battle" [Viking Press 1936] by John Steinbeck [1902-68]
Written before "Grapes of Wrath", this story of a strike among migrant workers in apple orchards of California tells how Jim Nolan becomes a leader of the workers and then suffers crushing defeat.
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [5/2006] for $10.88
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [10/92] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [6/76] out of print/used
Viking Press hardcover [10/36] out of print/many used
BooksOnTape audio [11/94] 7 tapes read by Michael Keenan - out of prodn/scarce

"The Grapes of Wrath" Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 Novel & Oscar-winning 1940 Movie
for details (synopsis, docufilms, posters, books, links) click here

Lonely Crusade book  by Chester Himes  "Lonely Crusade" [Knopf 1947] by Chester Himes
A young Negro man becomes a union organizer in the Los Angeles aircraft industry
during World War II.

Thunder's Mouth Press 8¼x5½ pb [6/97] out of print/used
Thunder's Mouth Press 8½x5½ pb [11/86] out of print/used
Knopf/Chatham/TMP hardcovers: out of print/used
Boulder Dam novel by Zane Grey  "Boulder Dam" [1963 novel] by Zane Grey [1872-1939]
Novel based on the real-life labor strife during the mid-1930s construction of the
hydroelectric dam across Black Canyon on the Colorado River.

Harper mass pb [12/90] out of print/used
Story House hardcover [1963] out of print/used
Storming Heaven   "Storming Heaven: A Novel" [1987] by Denise Giardina
A compelling novel of Appalachian labor strife in the 1920s.
Ivy Books pb [5/94] for $6.99
Ballantine 8½x5½ pb [2/99] out of print/used
W.W. Norton hardcover [8/87] out of print/used
'Breaker' novel by Norah Perez  "Breaker: A Boy's Story of The 1902 Pennsylvania Coal Miners' Strike"
[ages 12 & up; 1988] by N.A. Perez

Set in 1902; after his father dies in a Pennsylvania coal mine, fourteen-year-old
Pat McFarlane leaves school to work in the mines to feed the family.

Univ Pittsburgh Press 8x5%frac12 pb [4/2002] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin 8¾x5¾ hardcover [4/88] out of print/used
Unquiet Earth   "The Unquiet Earth: A Novel" [1992] by Denise Giardina
sequel to "Storming Heaven" above.
Ivy Books pb [5/94] for $6.99
W.W. Norton 9½x6½ hardcover [5/92] out of print/used
Coal Creek War  "Tennessee's Coal Creek War: Another Fight For Freedom" [1995]
by Chris Cawood

Workers stand up to coal mine owners and the State Militia, in 1891-92.
Magnolia Hill 9x6 pb [10/95] for $11.66
Thunder / Mtn   "Thunder On The Mountain: A Novel of 1936" [1999]
by David Poyer

A tale of labor strife in the Pennsylvania oilfields.
Forge pb [8/2000] out of print/used
St. Martin 9¾x6½ hardcover [3/99] out of print/used
Chivers UNABR audio [1/2000] for $86.94
author website
The Worker In American Fiction  "Labor's Text: The Worker In American Fiction" [2000]
by Laura Hapke

Rutgers Univ Press 10x7 pb [2/2001] for $32.95
Rutgers Univ Press 10¼x7¼ hardcover [2/2000] for $0.00
Slaves   "The Coal King's Slaves: A Coal Miner's Story" [2002]
by William G. Williams

A tale of Scranton, Pennsylvania coal-miners, circa 1890.
Burd Street Press 9x6 pb [11/2002] for $10.47
Sunnyside War   "The Sunnyside War" [2003] by Fred Civish
Young Dan Cook grows up fast in the coal mines of Sunnyside, Utah, in the 1920s.
Cedar Fort 9x6 pb [4/2003] out of print/used
Haymarket   "Haymarket: A Novel" [2003] by Martin B. Duberman
A fictional account of the Haymarket Massacre of 1886, centering on labor martyr Albert Parsons.
Seven Stories Press 9¼x6.3 hardcover [12/2003] for $17.47
Bucket of Blood / Ragman's War  "Bucket of Blood: The Ragman's War" [2003] by R.S. Sukle
A fictional account of the 1927-28 strikes in the coalfields of Pennsylvania, based on family stories.
iUniverse 9x6 pb [12/2003] for $17.95
iUniverse 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/2003] for $27.95
author's booksite
Labor Days   "Labor Days: An Anthology of Fiction About Work" [2004]
5 stories, 16 novel excerpts; edited by David Gates

Random House 8x5 pb [8/2004] for $11.16
Coal Camp Justice  "Coal Camp Justice: Two Wrongs Make A Right" [2005]
by Ricardo L. García

Univ NM Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2005] for $16.47
sequel "Coal Camp Days: A Boy's Remembrance" [2001]
Univ NM Press 8½x5½ hardcover [10/2001] for $24.95
Triangle novel  "Triangle: A Novel" [2006] by Katharine Weber
A woman in a nursing home who survived the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire tells her story to her granddaughter. After the woman's death, a feminist scholar notices inconsistencies in the story and sets out to uncover the woman's secrets.
FS&G 8¼x5¾ hardcover [6/2006] for $15.64
Child Labor and the Industrial Revolution playtext by Harriet Isecke  "Child Labor and The Industrial Revolution" [ages 7 & up; 2009] by Harriet Isecke
Part of the Building Fluency Through Reader's Theater program for pre-K thru 8; two sisters work in a linen mill under horrible conditions, and years later, are to receive an honor from the National Child Labor Committee.
Teacher Created Materials 8½x6¾ pb [5/2009] for $6.26
Work Song novel by Ivan Doig  "Work Song: A Novel" [2010] by Ivan Doig [1939-2015]
Sequel to "The Whistling Season" [2006 non-labor novel], ten years later (circa 1919). Morrie lands in copper town Butte, Montana and gets a job at the public library while hiding from Chicago gamblers, courting the alluring widow who runs the boarding house, and choosing sides in the local labor dispute.
Kindle Edition from Riverhead/Penguin [6/2010] for $12.99
Riverhead Trade 7¾x5 pb [7/2011] for $11.25
Riverhead 9¼x6½ hardcover [6/2010] out of print/100+ used
author's official website

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Labor Novels by Upton Sinclair
Upton Sinclair catalog at Amazon
Spirit of America Bookstore's Upton Sinclair [1878-1968] Page

The Jungle   "The Jungle: The Lie of The American Dream" [1906]
B&N Classics pb [9/2003] for $4.95
Bantam Classics pb [10/81] for $5.95
Chelsea House 9¼x6¼ pb [7/2002] for $14.67
Chelsea House 9½x6¼ hardcover [12/2001] for $37.95
7¼x4 library binding [8/2001] for $11.16
Norton Critical Edition, edited by Clare Virginia Eby
W.W. Norton 8¾x6¾ pb [12/2002] for $12.10
Jungle: Uncensored  
"The Jungle: Uncensored Original Edition" [1906]
"What 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' did for black slaves, 'The Jungle' has a large
chance to do for the white slaves of today." — Jack London [1876-1916]

See Sharp Press pb [4/2003] for $9.60
Lost First Edition [1988], edited by Gene Degruson
St. Lukes Press pb [10/88] out of print/used
King Coal novel by Upton Sinclair  "King Coal" [1917]
A fictional version of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre in Colorado
Bantam Classic pb [7/94] out of print/used
Amereon 8¾x6 hardcover [7/99] for $30.94
posthumous sequel "The Coal War" [1976]
Univ Press of CO hardcover [6/76] out of print/used
Oil! novel by Upton Sinclair  
"Oil!: A Novel" [1927]
A fast-paced tale of the 1920s oil boom in Southern California
Univ CA Press 8x5½ pb [4/97] for $13.27
Bentley hardcover [6/79] out of print/used
Boston novel by Upton Sinclair  "Boston: A Documentary Novel {of the Sacco-Vanzetti Case}"
[Haldeman-Julius Publns 1928]

Bentley Publrs 9x6 pb [12/78] out of print/used
Bentley Publrs 9x6 hardcover [12/78] for $49.95
Bentley Publrs 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/78] out of print/used

more info on Spirit of America Bookstore's Sacco & Vanzetti Page

Flivver King novel by Upton Sinclair  
"The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America" [1937]
"The book was instrumental in the formation of the United Auto Workers' Union."
Charles H. Kerr Publg 8¾x6½ pb [3/84] out of print/used
Charles H. Kerr Publg pb [1/87] out of print/used
The Coal War novel 1976 sequel to Upton Sinclair's 1917 "King Coal" novel  "The Coal War: A Sequel To King Coal" [1976]
Univ Press of Colorado hardcover [6/76] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia



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