'Cold Millions' digs into northwest labor history
September 21, 2023
Beautifully written, The Cold Millions by Jess Walter invites readers to take a deep dive into early 20th century America. The setting is Spokane, Washington and the extreme tension between the captains of industry and the cheap labor they relied on for their wealth. There are even brief scenes in Missoula and mention of Butte.
The book opens in the year 1909. Spokane had just outlawed public speaking. As the tensions surged, unions geared up for protests and police were ready to knock them all down. Two brothers, orphans, find themselves caught up in the melee. Gig (Gregory Dolan) i...