Packinghouse Daughter : A Memoir

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2001
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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A unique blend of memoir and public history, Packinghouse Daughter, winner of the Minnesota Book Award, tells a compelling story of small-town, working-class life. The daughter of a Wilson & Company millwright, Cheri Register recalls the 1959 meatpackers' strike that divided her hometown of Albert Lea, Minnesota. The violence that erupted when the company "replaced" its union workers with strikebreakers tested family loyalty and community stability. Register skillfully interweaves her own memories, historical research, and oral interviews into a narrative that is thoughtful and impassioned about the value of blue-collar work and the dignity of those who do it.

Table of Contents

The Blue Workshirtp. 3
The Settingp. 9
The Plant
The Field Tripp. 23
Dad Talks about His Workp. 34
A Nod to Vegetariansp. 45
At the End of the Trailp. 48
Legends and Lost Histories
How We Became Working-Classp. 73
A Dream of Joe Hillp. 97
Hearsayp. 117
1959p. 133
On Strikep. 147
Fellow Adversariesp. 163
The Breaking Pointp. 174
English Lessonsp. 190
Under Siegep. 194
"Dear Governor Freeman"p. 211
Back to Workp. 214
Faith in the Face of Realityp. 230
How to Make Historyp. 241
My Vengeance on the Wienie Mogulsp. 247
Mellowingp. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
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