Cutting into the Meatpacking Industry
Quaker Deborah Fink draws both on interviews and on firsthand experience working on the production floor of a pork-processing plant. She weaves a fascinating account of the meatpacking industry's history in Iowa - a history, she notes, that has been experienced differently by male and female, immigrant and native-born, white and black workers. indeed, argues Fink, these differences are a key factor in the ongoing creation of the rural working class. She looks within rural midwestern culture It'self to examine the class, gender, and ethnic contradictions that allowed-indeed welcomed-the meatpacking industry's development.