Kim Kelly discusses her new book "Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor"

September 24, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Please join us on Saturday, September 24, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, for a 2022 History Book Festival author presentation featuring Kim Kelly, author of Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor (One Signal Publishers, 2022). Kelly will be in conversation with D. Chanele Moore, Associate Professor of Sociology in the Associate in Arts Program of the University of Delaware.

All Saturday events for the 2022 History Book Festival are free. Seats are available on a first-come basis.

About the book

The history of organized labor in America has long been considered the domain of white men — but in fact, many of the struggles and hard-won gains we now take for granted involved members of the country’s most marginalized communities. In Kim Kelly’s inspirational book, figures like “first lady of the coal mines” Ida Mae Stull, Latino farmworkers’ heroine Maria Moreno, queer Black civil rights icon Bayard Rustin, pioneering sex workers’ rights activist Margo St. James, Ford whistleblower Suzette Wright, and the indomitable Mother Jones finally get their due.

About the author

Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer. Her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in "Teen Vogue" (where she authors a regular column on labor), "The New Republic," "The Washington Post," "The New York Times," and other publications.

Purchase the book

Copies of "Fight Like Hell" are available from Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, official bookseller of the History Book Festival, and biblion in Lewes. Online sources and digital versions are tempting; however, supporting local brick and mortar shops helps to preserve our vibrant main streets.


About the Festival

The 2022 History Book Festival is presented by Delaware Humanities and The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices I PenFed Realty. Our Keynote Address is presented by Dogfish Head, and our Closing Address is presented by Joe and Debbie Schell. Because of their support, as well as the generosity of other funding partners and donors, we are able to offer the bulk of this festival free-of-charge to attendees.

Thanks also to our community partners for their continuing support: the Lewes Public Library for event promotion and venue; Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, official bookseller of the History Book Festival; and the "Cape Gazette" and Delmarva Public Media, our media partners.

Learn more about the authors presenting at 2022 HBF