Three visits to the lead mining district, investigating the labor problems, are the basis of the author's personal findings. 1935, 1937, 1938 -- and a constant focus of dangerous attention from those opposed to union organization, the local ""Hoods"" with their outcries against ""furriners and reds"", she managed to escape successfully from all kinds of attacks because she had taught in this tri-state district. You get a grimly vivid picture of the living conditions, the bloody battles, the horrors of the industrial struggle, the political moves; -- and the miners, their wives and families, as living, breathing people. She records the vernacular of the section in the many conversations she has with old pupils, and friends, and shows you the direct response of the people to the situation in which they are involved. It's not pretty, and it is not impersonal and in terms of the human equation it is an interesting portrayal of the Kansas-Missouri-Oklahoma mining problem.