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Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt From Below During the Long 1970s

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Often considered irredeemably conservative, the US working class actually has a rich history of revolt. Rebel Rank and File uncovers the hidden story of insurgency from below against employers and union bureaucrats in the late 1960s and 1970s.

From the mid-1960s to 1981, rank-and-file workers in the United States engagedin a level of sustained militancy not seen since the G
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Paperback, 434 pages
Published November 22nd 2010 by Verso (first published May 1st 2008)
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Tom
Apr 30, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent anthology. Aaron Brenner's intro is very clear. Two interesting articles on the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Articles by Kim Moody & Robert Brenner are quite good. As Aaron Brenner points out this mass strike wave & rebel insurgency had several limitations: Difficulty breaking out of the sectoralist pattern that had become so entrenched in the American labor movement since World War 2, and thus there were no general strikes and few sympathy strikes, unlike in previous ...more
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Mar 13, 2012 Gerard is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book has both a broad view of post-war political economy and many essays that focus on upheavals in particular industries. The chapter on the United Farm Workers is the best I've read yet. Close second is the chapter on the Revolutionary Union Movement in Detroit and Kim Moody's overview. Sharp critique of unions. Essential reading if you want to start your own rank and file caucus... Could the Occupy movement be for labor radicals today what the 60s/70s social movements were for labor radi ...more
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