In Dubious Battle

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Novel by Steinbeck, published in 1936.

Jim Nolan, a young man whose “whole family has been ruined by this system,” joins the Communist party in San Francisco, meets Mac, who “knows more about field work than anybody in the state,” and goes with him to Torgas Valley to take part in a strike of fruit pickers. Jim grows in assurance and practically assumes leadership until he is led out of camp by a ruse and brutally murdered. In desperation, Mac places his friend's corpse on a platform and harangues the men: “‘Comrades! This guy didn't want nothing for himself—’”

Subjects: Literature.

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John Steinbeck (1902—1968) American novelist