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Iron City
Lloyd L. Brown; Alan Wald, fwd.

Northeastern Library of Black Literature

1994 • 288 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Literary Criticism - American / African-American Studies / African-American Fiction

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“Brown's 1951 novel is another of his portraits of African Americans involved in the Socialist movement. Protagonist Lonnie James is an innocent black man incarcerated for the death of a white-businessman."Library Journal

A groundbreaking work of African American proletarian literature, first published in 1951 and now back in print.

Iron City is based on an actual court case and inspired by the author's experiences as a labor organizer and political prisoner. This well-crafted novel tells the story of Lonnie James, a black youth falsely convicted of-and sentenced to death for-the murder of a white businessman. From inside the “iron city” of a state penitentiary in a northern steel town, three black Communist prisoners spearhead a fight to save Lonnie James's life. In advancing the author's controversial socialist vision of black and white proletarian solidarity, Iron City unflinchingly confronts race relations in mid-twentieth-century America inside and outside prison walls.

Reviews / Endorsements:

“Here are people, richly characterized, warm, honest, tender, angry human beings, struggling, fighting, suffering, and triumphantly living the problems and answers.”Paul Robeson

Iron City is a book of pace and of passion, and of emotion . . . It takes a piece of your life and your time, and holds it up to you like a mirror. Read it.”Howard Fast, Freedom

LLOYD L. BROWN was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He became a labor organizer in the early 1930s, participating in the organization of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). He was Managing Editor of the Weekly New Masses and an associate editor of the cultural monthly Masses and Mainstream. He died in 2003. ALAN WALD is Professor in the English Department and Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan, and author of Exiles from a Future Time (2002). RICHARD YARBOROUGH, editor of the Northeastern Library of Black Literature, is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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