Out Of This Furnace
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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Review: Out of This FurnaceUser Review - Sue - Goodreads
A semi-autobigraphical book by Bell, this is a complicated book. It is an easy read but is somewhat confusing to follow. It was recommended to me in order to explain the story of the steel mills near ... Read full review
Review: Out of This FurnaceUser Review - Ben Daghir - Goodreads
Any history lover will love this book. America is a country in which every knows merged from people of different backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. The story doesn't end there; what happened when they came? What was life like? How did the experience the land of the free? Read full review
From Middle Income to Poor: Downward Mobility Among Displaced Steelworkers
Limited preview - 1991