Embryo of a Steelworker [typed manuscript with annotations]. George A. Patterson.

Embryo of a Steelworker [typed manuscript with annotations]

[Chesterton, Indiana]: the author, n.d. 106, 175p., typed pages with extensive corrections and notations by author in pen and pencil, "Book I" and "Book II" bound in two generic three-ring binders, with occasional items of contemporary ephemera laid in or taped in where selections from them were to be inserted into text. Paper lightly toned. A very good draft of Patterson's unpublished memoir. Address label inside front cover shows that Patterson was living in Chesterton.

Patterson, the first president of Local 65 of the United Steel Workers of America and picket captain during of the 1937 strike against Republic Steel that climaxed in the "Memorial Day Massacre," records in retirement his memories from a lifetime of activism in pursuit of industrial democracy. Though the style is perhaps closer to the shop floor than the literary salon, the historical value of the text is bolstered by the fact that his detailed recollections were aided by documents of the time; the copy of this memoir held by the Chicago Historical Society has been cited by various scholars working on the period. Not found in OCLC; we do not know how the present typescript with emendations compares to the CHS version. The present copy was originally titled "South Chicago Steelworker" and altered in pencil to "Embryo - a steelworker," with the title used in our description taken from the more polished title of the CHS copy.

Cat.No: 176684

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