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A Novelist Revisits a Deadly Textile Union Strike From 1929

By Amy Rowland  

By Wiley Cash
378 pp. William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers. $26.99.

In 1929, the National Textile Workers Union tried to gain a Southern stronghold, beginning with the Loray Mill in Gastonia, N.C. Many workers, pushed to near impossible production while fearing loss of pay or, worse, “an arm or a hand or a finger or three,” joined the union. The mill owners refused to negotiate and most of the 1,800 strikers reluctantly returned to work.

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