Reviews of "Go By Go" (1998)
Review by michael a draper (2010-02-02)
After a mine explosion in Butte, Montana results in the death of 162 miners, the miners walk out, demanding better safety conditions in the mines. Union organizer Frank Little comes to Butte and begins encouraging the miners to join his union.
The Pinkertons and other agencies are also at Butte. They are hired by the mining corporation to make sure that Little doesn't succeed. Young Pinkerton operative, Geed Ryder is sent to the area to infiltrate the strikers, find the trouble makers and determine what the miners are planning.
Geed is well described as a character and the reader sees his youthful ambition and gullibility. He seems sincere and is able to talk his way into the homes and hearts of the miners and union representatives.
The setting of mining town, Butte, Montana, is depicted precisely with accompanying photographic documentation as if the reader is learning the details from the author's periodic contributions to the local newspaper.
Jon A. Jackson has stated that he live in this this town and had been interested in the labor movement for a long time. He details the attempts by the union to provide a safer work environment and a living wage for the union members. The greedy corporation is seen hiding behind the claim that anyone wanting to set up unions must be a communist. In this manner they camolflage their heartlessness toward their employees.
(This review refers to the 1998 version titled “"Go By Go"”)