I make no secret of the fact that there is a big soft spot in my heart for the tremendous gains of the labor movement in American history and a big sad spot for how certain unions — such as those representing meatpackers and agricultural workers — have been all but decimated.
Since many — probably most — of my ancestors made their way in the world and in this country as laboring folks, I am proud to acknowledge that the privileges I have had I owe to their hard work and struggle to create an American middle class.
The Pajama Game(1957)
I may or may not have appeared in a stage production of this in 9th grade...
"Which Side Are You On?" (Ani DiFranco revision of the Pete Seeger Song)
Joan Baez singing "Joe Hill" at Woodstock
I can't resist pointing out that Katherine Paterson (the author of the first two novels) is a former Presbyterian (USA) mission co-worker — what I currently am. I'm afraid I idolize her writing a bit. What a storyteller!
And four of the five are young adult (YA) novels. I can't help it — that's a favorite category of mine.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (It's less about nasty meat than textbooks might lead you to believe!)
Rachel Marie Stone is a writer, editor, and speaker living near Philadelphia. You can find her on Twitter @Rachel_M_Stone.