The next book talk in our ongoing labor history series is Kim Kelly’s book Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor. Kelly’s book tells a forgotten side of American labor history. The heroes in her book fought for their rights and the rights of all workers but their stories have been buried and their voices silenced. The book tells us about the women, people of color, LGBTQIA people, disabled people, sex workers, prisoners, and the poor whose struggle deserves to be remembered not just for the gains they won for themselves but for all Americans.
Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer as well as a third-generation union member. She has been a regular labor columnist for Teen Vogue since 2018, and her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baffler, The Nation, the Columbia Journalism Review, and Esquire, among many others. Kelly has also worked as a video correspondent for More Perfect Union, The Real News Network, and Means TV.