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Carl Soderstrom, MD

Connection to Illinois: Soderstrom grew up in Streator.

Biography: Carl Soderstrom, MD, is a physician and founder of the Soderstrom Dermatology Clinics in Illinois and Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois undergraduate program and medical college and completed his residency in both Internal Medicine and Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic. He is Reuben Soderstrom’s grandson, and Forty Gavels has been a life-long passion project to research and publish.

  • Forty Gavels Indie Book Award - Biography, NIEA Award - Biography, Midwest Book Award - Biography,

Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Forty Gavels
ISBN: 0998257532 OCLC:

CWS Publishing 2018

FORTY GAVELS is the ground-breaking story of Illinois AFL-CIO President Reuben Soderstrom (1930-1970) and the American Labor Movement he helped build. For over four decades, Soderstrom led one of the nation's largest labor organizations through the most challenging, exciting, and impactful events of the twentieth century. From the depths of depression and war to the boom of postwar prosperity, through the birth of both the AFL-CIO and the Civil Rights Movement, Soderstrom was there, forging a legacy as one of organized labor's most prolific voices. Adopting a year-by-year study of these years, this three-volume biography follows Reuben to the front line of violent strikes, rowdy union meetings in Chicago, and policy summits at the White House, making Forty Gavels one of the most in-depth studies of the American Movement ever made.