The dream team of Hedges and Sacco tackle America’s most shameful secret: the poor, the tired, the huddled masses. Days of Theft covers the Native American condition in Nebraska, South Dakota, where the husks of men give in to alcoholism and encounter shootouts with federal agents. Days of Siege details Camden, NJ’s descent into hell beginning in 1960s as manufacturing fled along with white flight. Days of Devastation dips into the awful practice of raping our land for minerals, the plight of coal miners, the destruction levied against the beautiful Appalachian mountains.
I’ll overlook the typo on page 171 where Congressman Hechler’s name is inadvertently turned to “Heckler” in order to quote him on how he got the black lung bill passed:
And I didn’t think it could pass at first until I began to raise hell. You know, I started out in Congress as an activist but found that wasn’t enough, so I became an agitator and I found that wasn’t enough so I became a hell-raiser, and that was effective.
Days of Slavery ends up in Florida, with migrant workers overpaying for rent for a spot on the floor of a trailer, chained up at night, wages docked, unable to move from their condition, all so Trader Joe’s can have a decently priced tomato. I’d rather grow my own.