New Book ‘River of Iron’ Shows Struggles during Great Depression

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Author David lee gives in-depth look at effects of poverty on society

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According to a July 2, 2014 newswire about the Michigan Iron Industry Museum: “During the Great Depression, mining companies were retrenching and consolidating business operations. On the Marquette Range, Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company's payroll fell from $6.6 million in 1930 to $1.9 million in 1932.” Author David Lee was there, he was born into this period of adversity, lived it and worked his way through it. His book, “River of Iron” (published by Xlibris) shares his family’s experiences in those times.

The discovery of iron in the wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula drew immigrants from all over Europe during the 1880’s. In a land of difficult terrain and fierce winters, the immigrants blasted out iron mines and created a river of iron on the Marquette Iron Range. Then the Great Depression of 1929 hit, shuttered the mines and propelled the immigrants and their families into poverty. Lee’s parents were forced to build a log farmhouse on ten acres of wilderness which is where they raised Lee and his seven siblings. “River of Iron” tells of simple things like collecting water, chopping firewood, and slaughtering hogs, but it is also a template for raising and educating a family on challenging terrain in the midst of poverty. It explores a family’s capacity to survive economic disaster in spite of fierce winters and tough terrain, revealing how poverty affects the hopes and dreams of ordinary, hardworking family people.

Overall, “River of Iron” delivers the message that hard work, discipline, love and hope will overcome economic disaster. These lessons from the past should prove valuable as people recover in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis and the Great Recession.

“River of Iron”
By David Lee
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 338 pages | ISBN 9781499042757
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 338 pages | ISBN 9781499042764
E-Book | 338 pages | ISBN 9781499042740
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
David Lee was born on the Marquette Iron Range in the depths of the Depression. He attended school at National Mine and worked underground in an iron mine. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Northern Michigan College in 1954 and a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Michigan Law School in 1957. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1957 and practiced law for over fifty years in the Detroit area. He is now of counsel to Sommers Schwartz P.C. in Southfield, Michigan.

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