|Front cover, paperback|
A friend recommended it long ago but it was out of print for years, first published in 1942. Now the University of Pittsburgh Press has reprinted it with an introduction written by the author in 1988. It is an indescribable sweeping tale, Irish immigrants, the hunkies (a term for the Slavic immigrants stolen by blacks to refer to white people as honkies), the wealth of the Scott family as the steel industry changes directions in war effort and through the ups and downs of the economy. Perhaps because I know the area, I was smitten with this novel. The characters and the way people lived back then, the development and the growth. I had not heard of this novel before a few years ago and wonder how I could have missed it being an avid reader and having spent so much time at our local library in PA when I was growing up. I am better informed now having read it. I had forgotten how the European immigrants were enticed to come work in the mills and factories by unscrupulous "human traders", these immigrants fared no better than the black slaves but our history has been ignoring the plight of the early Caucasian immigrants, exploited beyond imaginable.
|The revised 1988 preface first page by the author...|