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Packinghouse Daughter: A Memoir
by Register, Cheri
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1. Had you heard of the 1959 meatpackers' strike in Albert Lea, MN before you started this book? Do you know of other strikes that have had a similar impact on a community?
2. What do you know about the work done by meatpackers and similar jobs? Did this book change your opinion about their work?
3. Cheri Register chose to leave her working-class neighborhood in Albert Lea and eventually received her Ph.D. What do you think about the conflict she feels when she returns to Albert Lea and her roots?
4. The Albert Lea of Cheri Register's childhood seems divided along class lines. What other divisions do you see in the community? How does growing up in a divided community affect her perception of herself as an adult?
5. The author references Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," a famous novel that described conditions in a Chicago slaughterhouse and brought reforms to the industry. Does Cheri see herself and her memoir in the same tradition?
6. What did you learn from Cheri's story?
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