Horse Shoe Bottoms - Softcover
By Bill Knight
Decades after its publication, Tom Tippett's "Horse Shoe Bottoms" is once more available in this 2008 edition, with a new introduction by Peoria area journalist Bill Knight, who edited this version. Tippett was an Illinois coal miner, union activist, journalist, New Deal bureaucrat, and educator. His only novel, "Horse Shoe Bottoms" is about Illinois' coal culture of the late 19th century, when English miners moved to the Illinois River valley. Amid danger and death, strikes and reconciliation, sturdy John Stafford unionizes miners as his wife Ellen copes with the zeal of the workers to organize and her need to improve their home.
About the Author
Tom Tippett (1890-1979) was an Illinois coal miner, union activist, journalist, New Deal bureaucrat, and educator. His account of the 1929-30 "Piedmont Revolt" was published as the 1931 book "When Southern Labor Stirs," and he wrote a play about that struggle titled "Mill Shadows." He wrote 1935's "Horse Shoe Bottoms," his only novel, after receiving a Guggenheim fellowship.
Bill Knight (1949- ) is a journalist who teaches at Western Illinois University, and writes for print and radio. The editor of 2008's new edition of the novel "Horse Shoe Bottoms" and of 2007's anthology "Rick Johnson Reader: Tin Cans, Squeems and Thudpies," and author of the 2003 titles "Video Almanac" and "Fair Comment: Essays on The Air," Knight has won awards from the Suburban Newspapers Association of America (Best Sports Writing), the International Labor Communications Association (Best Column, Best Labor History Article), the Illinois Associated Press (Best Commentary), and the Illinois Press Association (Business Reporting).
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Mayfly Productions (October 7, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches