Lauren Gilfillan's "I Went to Pit College"

Lauren Gilfillan's "I Went to Pit College"

Author: 
Lauren Gilfillan

 From Kirkus Review, 1931: "An extraordinarily moving book -- the personal account of life in the mining towns of western Pennsylvania during a period of a general coal strike. Call it propaganda if you will, but it is a stark human document, and should be required reading for everyone interested in our social problems in this country, here and now. A tragic, first hand revelation of the depths of poverty and sordidness, of the soil in which Communism flourishes, and -- with it all -- of the extent of human kindliness, generosity, sympathy, understanding.  The young author, just out of college, took her post graduate degree -- self-imposed -- by ""going to Pit College"" -- by living in the homes of the striking miners, in a community where scabs were half-heartedly keeping the mines open, and where she herself went daily on the picket, got scanty food and scantier clothing from the relief, joined the youngsters in the truck sent to Pittsburgh to beg on the streets. Eventually, she was driven out, by the element that suspected any outsider. But she was there long enough to see for herself what it was all about, and to give it to the public in this form. . . . " 

Year of Publication: 
Thu, 1934-03-01
Rights Information: 
copyright, Viking
City of Publication: 
New York City
Book Publisher: 
Viking