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- ISBN: 9781982109585 (hardcover)
- ISBN: 1982109580 (hardcover)
- Physical Description: 339 pages ; 24 cm
- Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 
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"In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She's spent her whole life in the coal-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salaries--and had barely enough to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man telling them their loved ones aren't coming home. When Annie decides to stand up for herself, and the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle. On her fierce quest for justice, Annie will discover just how much she is willing to sacrifice for her own independence and the families of Calumet."-- Publisher's description.
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Publishers Weekly Review
The Women of the Copper Country
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Russell's latest historical, a carefully researched rendering of the Copper Country strike of 1913-1914, pays meticulous attention to detail that is often fascinating but occasionally tedious. Charlie Miller comes to Calumet, a company town on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, to organize the local copper miners, and his rhetoric inspires idealistic Annie Clements to lead the Women's Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners, Local 15, despite her husband's disapproval. After a worker is fatally injured-an all-too-common event-the miners vote to strike. As weeks turn into months, the Women's Auxiliary works tirelessly to keep the miners and their families fed and clothed and to keep everyone's spirits up. The painstakingly comprehensive narrative and omniscient point of view make for a deliberate pace, but they also ensure readers completely understand what happened. The tale is often bleak, but it serves as a worthwhile counterpoint to historical writing centered on "great men." Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret. (Aug.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Women of the Copper Country
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Russell (Doc, 2011) mines the life of real-life heroine and labor activist Annie Clements to shine a fictional spotlight on the often under-reported and under-appreciated contributions of women to the early-twentieth-century labor movement. Annie Clements or Big Annie as she was commonly referred to because of her majestic six-feet, two-inch height witnesses first-hand the inherent injustices of the mining business, including physical danger, low wages, and a fearful, company town mentality. As the wife of a taciturn copper miner in Calumet, Michigan, in 1913, she decides she has seen enough. Organizing a cadre of other women trying to survive and keep their families fed and clothed amidst deplorable conditions, she forms the Women's Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners, advocating and actively participating in the Copper Country Strike of 1913-14. Never losing sight of the ultimate goal and at great personal cost, Annie leads marches and rallies, lending support for the first unionized strike in the area. Fictionalized history with an important message that will resonate with contemporary readers.--Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2019 Booklist