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Labor Day: A Time to Celebrate Our Employment

Delving into 1920s Labor History: Is 2010 really so bad?


(MARION, Va.) – As American go-getters, it’s easy to forget the past and become distracted by our current positions in society, or by the newest technology to help our businesses grow. Unless we’re taking a history class, we tend to focus on what’s in front of us, rather than behind. So, why should we focus on the past?


If it weren’t for union organizers who stood up against poor wages and employee treatment, we’d still be working 12 hour shifts under unsafe conditions, short changed for our efforts, and without redress for grievances other than being fired and blacklisted.


This Labor Day, R.S.  Sukle gives us a reason to think about the differences with her new book, Blood on the Constitution (FriesenPress, September 2010). Written to mirror her father’s life as a social activist and union organizer for the United Mine Workers, this historically accurate sequel to her previous novel, The Ragman’s War, presents little-known facts from the Pre-Depression era that shaped the America we know today.


With excerpts from court cases, news articles, letters, and personal interviews from a disappearing generation, Blood on the Constitution brings to light, through the eyes of Teddy Albert, the unpublished account of the massive 1927-28 Western Pennsylvania coal strike that prompted a Senate investigation and first draft of the National Industrial Recovery Act.


Sukle’s highly researched archives expose a corrupt, one-party leadership and extreme measures taken by greedy industrialists in order to gain cheap labor – whether it was immigrant exploitation, poverty, rape, persecution, or death.


Inspired by her father’s life as a social activist, Sukle has spent a good part of her writing career delving into the study of labor history. A graduate of West Deer High School, Thiel College, and the Medical Technology program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Sukle,now lives in Virginia with her husband.


“It is a praiseworthy effort and one expects to see more of Sukle as a writer/historian.” --Barbara Bamberger Scott – Women Writers’ Review


“Like Robert Tressell, Sukle makes her story readable and her characters believable.” -- Dr. John Walsh – Bookpleasures


Blood on the Constitution by R.S. Sukle (FriesenPress, September 2010, ISBN: 978-1-77067-053-2)


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