THE GATHERING STORM: A STORY OF THE BLACK BELT, by Myra Page - 1932 [1st Ed]
by Myra Page
illustrated by Juanita Preval
First Edition. Published by: International Publishers. New York, NY. 1932.
Illustrated by Juanita Preval an American artist associated with the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) who contributed to Workers Monthly (1924-1927) and Red Cartoons: 1925. Published by the Co-operative Society of the Foreign Workers in the USSR.
Written by the prolific 20th-century American communist journalist, union activist, and teacher Myra Page, aka Dorothy Markey, born Dorothy Page Gary (1897–1993). One of only a handful of novels, this book is considered significant as both a proletariat novel and a focal point on the "black-belt thesis."
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.
- Boards feature illustrated paper overlay which exhibits signs of commensurate age and wear.
- Covers are scuffed and rubbed, most notably to the rear, with indentations to areas, edgewear and partially faded red inked lettering to the rear top and bottom. Please see photos.
- Corners are rubbed with prominently exposed boards.
- Cloth spine is gently cocked though remains firm with inked red lettering and exhibits minor wear to the ends, a subtle slit to the head and a mild crease along the surface. Please see photos.
- Binding is secure.
- Endpapers and feps are gently age-toned.
- Pastedowns exhibit creases along the corners.
- Ffep bear faint writing in pencil: "Radical lit."
- Illustrations are intact and unworn.
- Interior is gently age-toned and exhibits creases to a small area of the upper corners, occasional spots and a mild crease to the outer to mid area of pages 13/14, though overall remains free of major signs of age or wear. Please see photos.
- Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
- Text block edges are gently darkened.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
374 pages. 5.25" by 7.5".
A fictional dramatization of several of the most significant events in the history of the American labor movement. Notably, this is known as one of the Gastonia novels, shining light on the the Loray Mill strike of 1929 in Gastonia, NC.
The novel begins with an aging woman telling her spirited granddaughter about how the North Carolina hill people originally came to work in the cotton mills, and then traces the various characters through their involvement in and impressions of the 1910 shirtwaist makers' strike in New York City, the Russian Revolution, the political repression that accompanied patriotic zeal after World War I, the political debate between the Socialist Party and the IWW, the Chicago meatpackers' strike, and the formulation of an American Communist Party.
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