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The cast of characters is as sweeping and unique as the rugged landscape of Copper Country. Russell draws from her in-depth historical research to create composites for outside union organizer Charlie Miller, crusading documentary photographer Michael Sweeney, heartless mine manager James MacNaughton and a cast of thuggish strike-breakers.
As the workers and organizers march toward denouement, Russell creates a dramatic narrative focusing on the interpersonal relationships of the main characters, including an adulterous love affair between Clements and the photographer.
She was childless at a time when most women married in their teens and had children. She had the time, the motive and the opportunity. Russell, who has a Ph. Clements was also pregnant during the strikes, a detail often left out of popular biographies.
Russell said in doing her initial research, she turned to a mining archaeologist to learn more about hard rock mining in the Upper Peninsula. Russell also converts this knowledge to describe the daily, dangerous drudgery of extracting copper from the mines that descend thousands of feet into the earth.
Russell drives the book to a terrifying conclusion, the oft-chronicled death of 73 in the Italian Hall Disaster. Following the massacre, Clements begins to have doubts about her actions.
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