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Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States

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Workers in the United States have a rich tradition of fighting back and achieving gains previously thought unthinkable, from the weekend, to health care, to the right to even form a union.

But in 2005, the number of workers organized in unions reached a 100-year low in both the public and private sectors, even though more and more people would like the protection of a union, and real wages for most workers have stagnated or declined since the early 1970s.

Smith explores how the connection between the US labor movement and the Democratic Party, with its extensive corporate ties, has repeatedly held back working-class struggles. And she closely examines the role of the labor movement in the 2004 presidential election, tracing the shrinking electoral influence of organized labor and the failure of labor-management cooperation, “business unionism,” and reliance on the Democrats to deliver any real gains.

Smith shows how a return to the fighting traditions of US labor history, with their emphasis on rank-and-file strategies for change, can turn around the labor movement.

Subterranean Fire brings working-class history to light and reveals its lessons for today.

Sharon Smith is the author of Women and Socialism, also published by Haymarket Books, as well as many articles on women’s liberation and the US working class. Her writings appear regularly in Socialist Worker newspaper and the International Socialist Review. She has also written for the journal Historical Materialism and is a contributor to Iraq Under Siege :The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War and Women and the Revolution by Ethel Mannin. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Book News Annotation:

This is a Marxist feminist history reclaiming the history of radicalism in working class struggles in the United States from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time. The primary concern of the author is to document and analyze the different strategies debated and chosen within working class organizations, how those choices influenced movement successes and failures, and the lessons they hold for the future of the class struggle.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

This is a Marxist feminist history reclaiming the history of radicalism in working class struggles in the United States from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time. The primary concern of the author is to document and analyze the different strategies debated and chosen within working class organizations, how those choices influenced movement successes and failures, and the lessons they hold for the future of the class struggle. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This accessible, critical history of the U.S. labor movement examines the hidden history of workers' resistance.

About the Author

Sharon Smith is the author of Women and Socialism, also published by Haymarket books, as well as many articles on women's liberation and the U.S. working class. Her writings appear regularly in Socialist Worker newspaper and the International Socialist Review.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931859233
Author:
Smith, Sharon
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Labor movement
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - Unions
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.00 in

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