Catalogue


Strike! /
by Jeremy Brecher.
edition
Revised, expanded, and updated edition.
imprint
Oakland : PM Press, 2014.
description
xiiv, 462 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1604864281 (pbk.), 9781604864281 (pbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Oakland : PM Press, 2014.
isbn
1604864281 (pbk.)
9781604864281 (pbk.)
contents note
The great upheaval -- May day -- The ragged edge of anarchy -- Nineteen nineteen -- Depression decade -- The war and post-war strike wave -- The unknown labor dimension of the Vietnam War era revolt -- American labor on the eve of the millennium -- The significance of mass strikes -- Beyond one-sided class war.
abstract
"Since its original publication in 1972, no book has done as much as Jeremy Brecher's Strike! to bring American labor history to a wide audience. Strike! narrates the dramatic story of repeated, massive, and sometimes violent revolts by ordinary working people in America. It tells this exciting hidden history from the point of view of the rank-and-file workers who lived it. In this expanded edition, Jeremy Brecher brings the story up to date. Revised chapters covering the forty years since the original edition place the problems faced by working people today in the context of 140 years of labor history. A new chapter, "Beyond One-Sided Class War," presents the American mini-revolts of the twenty-first century, from the Battle of Seattle to Occupy Wall Street and beyond."--P. [4] of cover.
catalogue key
9840766
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
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This book is an updated and revised version of the author's 1972 historical study of American labor conflict. From the workers' perspective, Brecher analyzes major strikes as a form of mass social action as well as an effort to achieve economic gains. Between the great railway strikes of 1877 and the wave of union militancy immediately after WW II, workers engaged in collective action to create labor solidarity and challenge workplace authority. Brecher argues that labor history has continued relevance for today's employees facing issues of falling incomes, economic insecurity, and lack of real power on the job. The deterioration of the collective bargaining system and pressures of global competition, he says, exacerbate those problems. A new concluding chapter deals with "labor on the eve of the millennium" and surveys developments between the Vietnam era and the United Parcel strike of 1997. Brecher views that period as of one of "working class retrenchment and disorganization" that leaves unions with few viable strategies for the future. The volume is a good introduction to important events in labor history, and the revisions underscore the significance of those events for the contemporary condition of American workers. All levels. R. L. Hogler Colorado State University
Summaries
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Since its original publication in 1972, no book has done as much as Jeremy Brecher's Strike! to bring American labor history to a wide audience. Strike! narrates the dramatic story of repeated, massive, and sometimes violent revolts by ordinary working people in America and tells this exciting hidden history from the point of view of the rank-and-file workers who lived it. In this expanded edition, Brecher brings the story up to date with revised chapters that cover the 40 years since the original edition, placing the problems faced by working people today in the context of 140 years of labor history. A new chapter, "Beyond One-Sided Class War" presents the American minirevolts of the 21st century from the Battle of Seattle to Occupy Wall Street and beyond. Essential reading for anyone interested in the historical or present-day situation of American workers, this updated classic serves as inspiration for organizers, activists, and educators working to revive the labor movement today.

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