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Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell Essays

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Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell Out of the Furnace informs a impressive story of a multigenerational household of Slovakian immigrants who comes to the USA looking for a better life from the New World. The patriarch of the Slovak household was Djuro Kracha, that arrived in the New World from the mid-1880s from the "old country." The story tells of his voyage, and his work on the railroad to earn enough cash to afford the walk to the steel mills of Pennsylvania, his rejection by the bigger mainstream community because a "hunkey," and the lives of his daughter and grandson. As the members of the family become more generally acculturated and even Americanized, they are to resent the unkind treatment and the discrimination they suffer. For the Kracha household, a slow increase to proud business ownership was ended by a series of events: (1) that a summertime of drunken depart from Djuro; (2) his own return to the steel mills (3) his spouse's (Mary) marriage to a fellow countryman also from the mills; and (4) his grandson's growing discontentment with unfair labor practices and abuses. These events in the Kracha household's lives become connected with the story of America's own transformation between the 1880s and the 1940s. At the time that this family arrived in the USA, a fresh wave of Eastern European authorities - spurred by expanding industrialization and the improvements in technology resulting in the establishment of steel mills and other production and raw material processing plants and factories - has been reshaping the American labor force. Djuro's adventures, and those of his son-in-law, Mike Dobrejcak, reflect a specific level of hostility towards these Eastern and Central Europeans from "mainstream" Americans and earlier, more acc...

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