Blood on the Forge
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1953. First Paperback Edition. Small octavo. (16 cm. x 10 cm.) 190 pp. Illustrated paper wrappers. Edges in green. Minor abrasion to upper left corner of front wrapper. Near Fine. Item #138
First paperback edition of William Attaway's novel of the Great Migration, "Blood on the Forge". Specializing in paperback books with a raw edge and provoking cover art, Popular Library published the paperback edition of Attaway's 1941, proletarian novel of the Great Migration using cover art that betrays the significance of this novel. The novel begins in the hills of rural Kentucky and ends in industrialized Pittsburgh. The struggles of three, African-American men, to find good work and good pay leads them to the North, like so many other African-Americans during this time. In the North, they find that their racial struggles for equality persist, and that an uprising in the labor movement is not only necessary, it is inevitable. Uncommon in any edition.