Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983

Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983

by Barbara Kingsolver

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Overview

Holding the Line, Barbara Kingsolver's first non-fiction book, is the story of women's lives transformed by an a signal event. Set in the small mining towns of Arizona, it is part oral history and part social criticism, exploring the process of empowerment which occurs when people work together as a community. Like Kingsolver's award-winning novels, Holding the Line is a beautifully written book grounded on the strength of its characters.

Hundreds of families held the line in the 1983 strike against Phelps Dodge Copper in Arizona. After more than a year the strikers lost their union certification, but the battle permanently altered the social order in these small, predominantly Hispanic mining towns. At the time the strike began, many women said they couldn't leave the house without their husband's permission. Yet, when injunctions barred union men from picketing, their wives and daughters turned out for the daily picket lines. When the strike dragged on and men left to seek jobs elsewhere, women continued to picket, organize support, and defend their rights even when the towns were occupied by the National Guard. "Nothing can ever be the same as it was before," said Diane McCormick of the Morenci Miners Women's Auxiliary. "Look at us. At the beginning of this strike, we were just a bunch of ladies."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801465093
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 229,374
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Barbara Kingsolver launched what would become an illustrious writing career with her classic first novel, The Bean Trees, about a rural Kentucky native trying to escape motherhood who inherits a Native American child on her way west. In 2000, Kingsolver was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In 2010, she won Britain’s Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Other bestselling works include The Poisonwood Bible and the bestselling nonfiction book Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.

Date of Birth:

April 8, 1955

Place of Birth:

Annapolis, Maryland

Education:

B.A., DePauw University, 1977; M.S., University of Arizona, 1981

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