By Michele Moore,Pat Conroy
Cassie McGonegal and herniece Brigid paintings upstairs within the manufacturing unit rolling cigars through hand. Meliah Amey Ravenel works within the basement, the place she stems the tobacco. whereas either white and black staff endure within the harsh operating stipulations of the manufacturing unit and either undergo the sexual harassment of the foremen, segregation retains them from spotting their universal plight until eventually the Tobacco employees Strike of 1945. throughout the event of a brutal wooden line, the 2 ladies come to achieve how a lot they stand to achieve via becoming a member of forces, making a robust second in hard work heritage that provides upward thrust to the Civil Rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome.”
Moore’s vast historic study integrated interviews together with her family individuals who labored on the cigar manufacturing facility, including a layer of nuance and authenticity to her empowering tale of households and friendships solid via fight, loss, and redemption.
The Cigar manufacturing unit incorporates a foreword by way of ny occasions best-selling writer and tale River Books editor at huge Pat Conroy.
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