Industrial Valley

Industrial Valley

Ruth McKenney
Introduction by Daniel Nelson

Ruth McKenney's compelling novel of class and industrial conflict in Akron, Ohio, first appeared in 1939 and was widely acclaimed. McKenney was a capable journalist who had spent a year and a half in Akron, the heart of the tire industry, a city that she said "smells like a rubber band smoldering in an ashtray."

Industrial Valley vividly portrays an industrial city crippled by the country's economic failures and also provides a stirring example of fiction predicated on social and political principles. It will intrigue readers for its contemporary as well as its historical implications. The images McKenney evokes of workers confused and enraged by a moribund economy seem startlingly relevant today.




Also of interest

Rum and Axes
The Rise of a Connecticut Merchant Family, 1795–1850
Janet Siskind

Series

Literature of American Labor

Subjects

Literature : Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
History : History / U.S. and Canada
Labor and Workplace Issues : Industrial and Labor Relations
Social Science : Urban Studies

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