By Jeremy Brecher
Preface by Sara Nelson, AFA (50th Anniversary Edition)
Foreword by Kim Kelly (50th Anniversary Edition)
Since its original publication in 1972, no book has done as much as Jeremy Brecher’s Strike! to bring American labor history to a wide audience. Strike! narrates the dramatic story of repeated, massive, and sometimes violent revolts by ordinary working people in America. It tells this exciting hidden history from the point of view of the rank-and-file workers who lived it.
In this expanded edition, Jeremy Brecher brings the story up to date. Revised chapters covering the forty years since the original edition place the problems faced by working people today in the context of 140 years of labor history. A new chapter, “Beyond One-Sided Class War,” presents the American mini-revolts of the twenty-first century, from the Battle of Seattle to Occupy Wall Street and beyond. Strike! is essential reading for anyone interested in the historical or present-day situations of American workers and serves as inspiration for organizers, activists, and educators working to revive the labor movement today.
“Jeremy Brecher’s Strike! is a classic of American historical writing. This new edition, bringing his account up to the present, comes amid rampant inequality and growing popular resistance. No book could be more timely for those seeking the roots of our current condition.”—Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Story of American Freedom
“Strike! is the single most important book about the history of the American labor movement published in our time. And now Jeremy Brecher has brought the history up to date – just in time to make a new generation ready for this new era of labor struggle.”—Dick Flacks, UC Santa Barbara
“One of the most important books on labor history published since World War II.”—Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States
“A magnificent book. I hope it will take its place as the standard history of American labor.”—Staughton Lynd, author of Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below
Revised, Expanded, and Updated Edition, 50th Anniversary Edition