Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell

| May 21, 2015



Kracha is representative of over 15 million illiterate, unskilled, poor, mostly Eastern European immigrants that came to the United States between 1880 – 1920.

Discuss each of the following, in detail. (50 words or more for each question) Answers are to be typed.

1. Discuss the jobs Kracha had with the railroad, steel mills, and as owner of a butcher shop.

2. Discuss the Safety and Health conditions at the steel mills.

3. Discuss the attitude of the steel managers and owner towards the laborers, both union and non-union.

4. Discuss the family life and living conditions for Kracha, his family, and friends.
Out of This Furnace: Part Two – Mike Dobrejcak
( Answers should be a minimum of 25 words)

1. Kracha always considered himself a SLOVAK, Mike, on the other hand, worked to become an American. How did Mike become more “American”?
2. Mike was often referred to as a “HUNKY”. How did being a “HUNKY” affect your job, where you live, and how businesses treat you?

Out of This Furnace: Part Three – Mary
(Answers should be a minimum of 25 words)

1. After Mike’s death, how did Mary try to support her family?

2. Discuss Mary’s relationship to Kracha during this time. Was he helpful?

3. Mary died of tuberculosis. What is Tuberculosis and why were people infected with this disease sent to a sanitarium?

4. Both Mike and Mary led tragic lives ending in death at a young age. Discuss 3 factors that contributed to the harshness of their lives.
Out of This Furnace: Part 3: Dobie
(Answers should be a minimum of 25 words)

1. Briefly discuss Dobie’s background, education, and jobs.

2. Discuss 2 important differences between:
a. Kracha and Dobie
b. Mike and Dobie

3. Dobie and Julie’s married life had fewer hardships than that of Dobie’s parents, Mike and Mary. Discuss how Julie’s married life was easier than Mary’s .

4. Dobie spent a great deal of time trying to improve the steel worker’s conditions.
a. As secretary of the AFL union, what did Dobie hope to accomplish and was he successful?

b. As a representative in the company union, ERP, what did Dobie hope to accomplish and was he successful?

c. As a representative in the CIO union what did Dobie accomplish?

5. A good section of Part 3 deals with the 1930’s, the Great Depression, a time of high unemployment, and for the first time, references to racism by the “Hunkys” towards African American workers and their families. WHY?

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