The Great Midland
by Alexander Saxton
University of Illinois Press, 1997
Paper: 978-0-252-06564-4
Library of Congress Classification PS3537.A976G76 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

One of the best novels ever to portray the lives of American Communist activists, The Great Midland is a story of love and radical politics set just before World War II. It was published in 1948, when cold-war hysteria engulfed the United States; the publisher subsequently tried to pretend the book did not exist, and review media and bookstores ignored it.

The book vividly depicts the multiracial and multiethnic alliances that developed as Chicago railroad workers struggled to organize. It presents some of its narrative through the complex consciousness of Stephanie Koviak, a young, first-generation Polish-American.

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