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The Canyons

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Sent by his company to investigate conditions at a Colorado mine, Harlan Baxter becomes embroiled in the Coalfield War of 1913-14, the most violent labor uprising in American history. A novel that Howard Zinn called "an ingenious blending of fact and fiction," The Canyons explores an outbreak of resistance in the darkest of times.

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Sent by his company to investigate conditions at a Colorado mine, Harlan Baxter becomes embroiled in the Coalfield War of 1913-14, the most violent labor uprising in American history. A novel that Howard Zinn called "an ingenious blending of fact and fiction," The Canyons explores an outbreak of resistance in the darkest of times.

The Canyons combines the naturalism of Frank Norris' McTeague with the modernist techniques of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, yielding a work of historical noir that Howard Zinn called "an ingenious blending of fact and fiction." Based on the Colorado coalfield war of 1913-14, The Canyons borrows the zeitgeist of a century ago to allegorize contemporary conditions of national, populist ferment.

The Canyons unfolds through the perspective of Harlan Baxter, a functionary tasked by his New York-based company to investigate deteriorating conditions at a Colorado coal mine. While Baxter struggles to orient himself in the pressurized coalfields, a mine shaft explodes, killing several miners and precipitating a strike. The company imposes harsh countermeasures which Baxter must oversee, but when provocation leads to murder, Baxter allies himself with the miners to fight alongside them in the most violent labor insurrection in American history.

The Canyons reintroduces the coalfield war to new generations. The passion, drama, and context of the strike bear directly on American inequality, racial strife, and the suppression of labor. Books like George McGovern and Leon Guttridge's The Great Coalfield War and Scott Martelle's Blood Passion have examined the strike in non-fiction, and David Mason's Ludlow covers it in epic-poem form, but the Coalfield War has never before received proper treatment in a novel. With fully rounded characters, a fast-paced plot, and a compelling moral force, The Canyons will appeal alike to scholars, students, and general readers.

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Publisher
Radial Books, LLC
Book Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
258
Author
Ben Kostival
ISBN-13
9780998414621
Publication Date
January, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.99 x 5.00 x 0.58 Inches
ISBN-10
099841462X

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