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Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983
Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983 by Barbara Kingsolver 0801483891 9780801483899
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Holding the Line, Barbara Kingsolvers first non-fiction book, is the story of womens lives transformed by an a signal event. Set in the small mining towns of Arizona, it is part oral history and part social criticism, exploring the process of empowerment which occurs when people work together as a community. Like Kingsolvers award-winning novels, Holding the Line is a beautifully written book grounded on the strength of its characters.

Hundreds of families held the line in the 1983 strike against Phelps Dodge Copper in Arizona. After more than a year the strikers lost their union certification, but the battle permanently altered the social order in these small, predominantly Hispanic mining towns. At the time the strike began, many women said they couldnt leave the house without their husbands permission. Yet, when injunctions barred union men from picketing, their wives and daughters turned out for the daily picket lines. When the strike dragged on and men left to seek jobs elsewhere, women continued to picket, organize support, and defend their rights even when the towns were occupied by the National Guard. Nothing can ever be the same as it was before, said Diane McCormick of the Morenci Miners Womens Auxiliary. Look at us. At the beginning of this strike, we were just a bunch of ladies.

by Barbara Kingsolver

Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 213

Publisher: ILR Press

Publication Date: 1996-12-15

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ISBN: 0801483891

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