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Oakland General Strike


As those of you who have read A History of America in Ten Strikes know, I chose the Oakland General Strike of 1946 as the focus of Chapter 7, which covered the postwar period. Probably the least known of the strikes I chose as the chapter centerpieces, it’s a great moment to explore both the labor militancy of the postwar world, the limitations of organized labor’s power even as the peak of its power, and the culture of working class America at that time.

Yet it remains pretty unknown. However, I was very happy to participate on an episode of the radio show East Bay Yesterday that explores the Oakland General Strike. It has been published and I hope you check it out.

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