First Edition stated. Uncommon proletarian novel by this African American author. 'The story of the Negro in steel. Chiefly it is the story of the Moss boys, Big Mat, Melody, and Chinatown, who forsake a starving farm in the Kentucky hills during the First World War for the big quick money offered by the mills in the war booming steel towns of Pennsylvania.' Near Fine but for contemporary name and address at front endpaper, in Very Good dustjacket, shallow loss at top spine end, inch and half closed tear at top rear spine edge, few nicks and modest wear.