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Smelter Wars


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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms

Introduction: A Smelter City is Born

1. A Red Union Comes to Town
2. Battling Blaylock’s Company Union
3. Women War Workers and Ladies Auxiliary Politics
4. Mine-Mill Courts Trail’s Immigrant Enclave
5. A Clash of Ideologies in the Kootenays
6. Steel Cold Warriors Raid Trail’s Red Union
7. Resisting Canadian McCarthyism in British Columbia

Conclusion: The Complicated History of Local 480

Epilogue: The Smelter City Today


About the Author

Ron Verzuh is a writer and historian. His previous books include Radical Rag: The Pioneer Labour Press in Canada and Underground Times: Canada’s Flower-Child Revolutionaries.


"Smelter Wars tells a fascinating tale of rebellious trade union resistance and activism in wartime Trail. This book is a riveting account of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Local 480’s) struggle against the powerful Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada."
*CUPE Communities*

"Smelter Wars was both a very informative book as well as a most enjoyable read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in labour history, indeed, to anyone interested in BC history."
*BC Labour Heritage Centre Newsletter*

"As a former CUPE national communications director, Verzuh has synthesized an astonishing amount of detail, prompting one reader to say, ‘it’s not often a history like this is a page-turner, but this one definitely is.’"
*Trail Times*

"Highly detailed and requiring close concentration, Smelter Wars impresses with its depth of research."
*New York Labor History Association*

"Smelter Wars is the story of the era. The book is wonderful."
*Blacklock’s Reporter*

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