Centralia Dead March

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ISBN 978-0-915306-17-6
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
213 pages
Trim Size
5.3 x 8.4

Centralia Dead March

Thomas Churchill

Centralia Dead March is a documentary novel based on the struggle of a radical union to establish better working conditions and solidarity among lumbermen, miners, railroad and migrant workers during the early part of this century. Wesley Everest, Ray Becker, Bert and O.C. Bland, Loren Roberts and Eugene Barnett lived and worked around Centralia, Washington and were active in the Wobblies, the International Workers of the World. Because of its doctrine of worker unity, its stand against racist hiring practices and its call for militant tactics, the I.W.W., the most feared union among the ruling classes, was subject to massive arrests and numerous court actions. When the I.W.W. led the northwester woods out on strike during the First World War because wages had dropped while production increased, they were branded "traitors" in the local papers. On November 11, 1919, during the first Armistice parade, a mob of Centralia "patriots" raided the union hall. In the conflict, three soldiers were shot by workers defending their property; Everest was beaten, castrated, and hanged from a bridge; and seven workers--including Becker, the Blands, Roberts, and Barnett--were sentenced to from 25 to 40 years. Centralia Dead March recreates these historical events and examines the long-term consequences of the violence and repression.
About the Author

Thomas Churchill is a poet and novelist residing in Northwestern Washington.

"A dynamic piece of historical fiction written at its best."


"You emerge from reading it more appreciative, more humane."

—John McClendon

"Churchill explores the dimensions of human behavior driven by desperation and fear as well as by idealism and a sense of honor. His skillful weaving of historical facts and fictional events produces a work that challenges."