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It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protestby Paul Buhle
Synopses & Reviews
In the spring of 2011, Wisconsinites took to the streets in what became the largest and liveliest labor demonstrations in modern American history. Protesters in the Middle East sent greetings--and pizzas--to the thousands occupying the Capitol building in Madison, and 150,000 demonstrators converged on the city.
In a year that has seen a revival of protest in America, here is a riveting account of the first great wave of grassroots resistance to the corporate restructuring of the Great Recession.
It Started in Wisconsin includes eyewitness reports by striking teachers, students, and others (such as Wisconsin-born musician Tom Morello), as well as essays explaining Wisconsin's progressive legacy by acclaimed historians. The book lays bare the national corporate campaign that crafted Wisconsin's anti-union legislation and similar laws across the country, and it conveys the infectious esprit de corps that pervaded the protests with original pictures and comics.
First-hand accounts of the largest pro-labor mass mobilization in modern American history.
About the Author
Paul Buhle, formerly a Senior Lecturer at Brown University, he now lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he produces radical comics. He founded the SDS journal Radical America and the archive, Oral History of the American Left, and with Mari Jo Buhle, is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left.John Nichols is the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, a contributing writer for the Progressive and In These Times, and the associate editor of Madison, Wisconsin’s Capital Times. He’s the author of several books, including The Death and Life of American Journalism, The Genius of Impeachment and The "S" Word.
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