Organizing the Unemployed: Community and Union Activists in the Industrial Heartland
SUNY Press, 1. jaan 1996 - 407 pages
Focusing on Michigan during the Great Depression, this book highlights the efforts of community organizers and activists in the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to mobilize the jobless for mass action. In doing so, it demonstrates the relationship between unemployed activism and the rise of industrial unionism. Moreover, by discussing Communist and Socialist initiatives on behalf of displaced workers, the book illuminates the impact of radicalism on social change and shows how political claims influenced the cultural discourse of the 1930s.
The book not only helps fill a void in our knowledge of community activism, worker culture, and labor history in the 1930s but also sheds light on the New Deal's domestication of American labor and the channeling of mass protest toward politically and socially acceptable goals. The UAW acceptance of responsibility for the underclass of the 1930s raises pertinent questions for labor in the 1990s.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
activists administration afﬁliate Alliance’s American April Archives of Labor August auto workers beneﬁts Benjamin Brown Papers Communist cooperation Daily Worker December demonstration Detroit economic endorsed Executive Board February Federation ﬁght ﬁgure ﬁle ﬁrst Flint Ford Frankensteen George Edwards Jr Germer Gogebic County Grand Rapids Homer Martin industrial unionism inﬂuence interview Iron River January jobless July June Keeran Lansing Lasser layoffs leaders League Lewis Martin ment Metro Detroit Michigan militant Murphy Non-Partisan League November October ofﬁce ofﬁcials organizational Pagano ployed project workers protest radical reﬂected relief Report Reuther Roosevelt signiﬁcant social Socialist solidarity state’s strike tion UAW Welfare UAW’s unem Unemployed Councils unemployed movement unemployed organizing unemployed workers unemployment insurance unionists United Automobile Worker Unity Victor Reuther wage Wayne County Wayne State University Workers Alliance Workers Union WPA Auxiliary WPA Central Files WPA Welfare Department WPA workers