Essay about Blood on the Forge

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Bryan Casallo
Dr. Bailey
April 17, y

Blood on the Forge
Book Review

“Steel is born in the flames and sent out to live and grow old. It comes back to the flames and has a new birth. But no one man could calculate its beginning or end. It would end when the earth ended. It seemed deathless.” (302) Blood on the Forge, by William Attaway, illustrates one of the most important historical event in United States history, The Great Migration. Attaway sets Blood on the Forge in the midst of the Steel Valley in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1919’s. We accompany the Moss brothers in the Blood on the Forge as they face a world filled with emptiness, hunger, inequality and the obstacles they encounter in an unforgiving world. The Moss
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Attaway moved from the segregated state of Mississippi to the industrialized city of Chicago, Illinois. The novelist became part of the Great Migration, just as the Moss brothers became part of it when they escaped Kentucky to work on the steel mills of Pennsylvania. It is apparent that Blood on the Forge has a distinct connection to Attaway’s life. Attaway seeks to tell the plot of the story into five parts. Part one of the story renders the Life of the Moss brothers before the Steel Mills. Working for Mr. Johnson as a sharecropper, the Moss brothers were dirt poor, unable to feed themselves and work the land because of the unfortunate event that killed the Moss brother’s mom that lead to Big Mat killing the mule they used to plant crops. Already burden by the death of their mother, Big Mat nearly kills a the riding boss when he says; “Killin' a animal worth forty dollars, 'cause a nigger woman got dragged over the rocks.” (69) After this event, it forces the Moss brothers to hop on a train headed for the steel mills of the north. Part two illustrates the crowded boxcar the Moss brothers were encased in as they headed north. Parts three to five depicts the new life of
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