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The Seattle and San Francisco General Strikes
Johnson examines the powerful stories and practices from our own egalitarian traditions that resonated with these workers and that have too often been dismissed by observers of the American labor movement. Ultimately, she argues that organized labor's failure to draw on these traditions in later decades contributed to its decreasing capacity to mobilize workers as well as to the increasing conservatism of American political culture.
This book will appeal to scholars of western and labor history, sociology, and political science, as well as to anyone interested in the intersection of labor and culture.
About the Author
"Shows how a militant shop—floor unionism capitalized upon radical republican political traditions to produce a distinctive movement for labor solidarity that subordinated the more state—centered ideologies of socialism and communism to the sidelines."—Daniel Jacoby, author of Laboring for Freedom: A New Look at the History of Labor in America
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