I wasn’t able to get quite as much writing done last week as I wanted to, but I was able to get in some much-needed research. Specifically, I was researching the early 20th century labor movement, focusing on the tactics of the early unions and the steps that were taken by corporations and politicians to curb their power and end labor strikes. What I found is that this was a very chaotic time in our country’s history.
Many people feared that unionization was a big step in turning our country over to the Marxists in Russian, and this was a connection often pushed by those who opposed unions, and many unions often resorted to armed opposition against local police and private security agents [like the Pinkertons]. Several major clashes occurred between these two sides between 1919 and 1921, resulting in no small number of deaths. Needless to say, it was incredibly compelling to read about all this and in doing so I was able to pick up some ideas for the third Allison Newberry mystery and to break through a few blocks that had developed with regards to the progression of the story.
So, that does give a little taste as to what the third story is going to be about, although the labor movement is not the central plot of the story. For the rest of this week, I’ll continue writing the story and hopefully be able to go more in-depth on what it’s all about very soon.