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The Last Ballad

by Wiley Cash

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The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2017, 384 pages

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    Jun 2018, 300 pages

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R Dunham

NC Historical fiction
Courageous women who were selfless in their fights for human rights. A great read to compare with "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah.
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Sandi W.

Cash has done it again!!
Written in the true-to-life battle of workers rights, Wiley Cash does what he is so good at.

It is 1929 in Appleton County North Carolina and Ella Mae Wiggins struggles to make ends meet. Ella works in the American Mill #2 - designated mill #2 because they employee African Americans in that mill. Ella is Caucasian, and not only works with but lives in the part of town that African Americans live in. Hers is the only white family there. Likewise, she is paid less money because she works alongside African Americans. She cannot make ends met. When offered a ride to a union rally, Ella accepts. Little did she know how involved she would become as a union leader.

The story is told years later by her daughter, reveling the bitter and tragic life of her Mother. This novel outlines the early struggles of the labor movement in the Appalachian south. It was based on a true story.

This is Cash's third novel. He continues to amaze. Like the author John Hart, you impatiently wait for the next book published and cannot get it in your hands quickly enough.
The Dude

More White Trash Nonsense
So sick of white trash chronicles. Who cares. These filthy crackers never cared for anyone of color. Why should their hardships be chronicled when they barely acknowledge those who aren't white.
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