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Anaconda: Labor, Community, and Culture in Montana's Smelter City (Working Class in American History)

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Laurie Mercier's hard-hitting study of "community unionism" examines the tenacity of union loyalty and communal values within the confines of a one-industry town: Anaconda, Montana, home to the world's largest copper smelter and the namesake of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company.<P>Mercier depicts the vibrant life of the smelter city at full steam, documenting the early history of the town and the distinctive culture of cooperation and activism that residents fostered in the 1930s and 1940s. Ultimately, their solidarity and discontent with the company converged in the successful 1934 strike and sustained five decades of devoted unionism.<P>During the cold war years, Anacondans held to their communal values and to the union in the face of antilabor and anticommunist pressures, embracing an "alternative Americanism" that championed improved living standards for working people, rather than unlimited corporate power, as the best defense against communism. Mercier chronicles the bitter struggle between two rival unions that undercut the town's labor solidarity in the postwar years. She also explores how gender definitions shaped the nature and outcome of labor struggles. Mercier carries her investigation through the closing of the smelter in 1980.<P>Underscoring the role of the community in molding working-class consciousness, Anaconda offers important insights about the changing nature of working-class culture and the real potential for collective action under the midday sun of American industrial capitalism.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-285) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252069888
Author:
Mercier, Laurie
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Location:
Urbana
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Copper industry and trade
Subject:
Anaconda.
Subject:
Copper miners
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Copper miners - Montana - Anaconda - History
Subject:
Anaconda Company.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Working Class in American History
Series Volume:
no 157
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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