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On September 19, 1981, the AFL-CIO held Solidarity Day in Washington, D.C. This event was organized labor’s strongest reaction to the Reagan administration and although largely forgotten about today, deserves our attention as part of the history of protest and to broaden our popular understanding of labor during this era. In the aftermath of Reagan […]
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On September 6, 1919, New York theater owners and striking actors sign an agreement to end a bitter and acrimonious strike based around the really horrific working conditions the actors faced, transforming this industry. The late 1910s were a fascinating time for organized labor. World War I brought both unprecedented acceptance of labor into the […]

Labor Day Q&A

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On September 1, 2018

It’s only a month until A History of America in Ten Strikes is released and so it is going to be all publicity all time. Oh boy! Anyway, I did an author Q&A for The New Press for your Labor

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Teachers Strike, Round Two

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On August 30, 2018
Last year’s teacher strikes were incredibly inspiring, in part because they came out of the most conservative parts of the nation. And yesterday’s massacre of Oklahoma Republicans who refused to vote for the tax increases to pay teachers shows the real power of this movement, as decentralized and locally contextual as it presently is. Of […]

Organize!

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On August 29, 2018

Big win for Disney workers! Back in February, unionized workers at Disney World were worried the company would withhold their “tax reform” bonuses to get the upper hand in contract talks. But afte

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Workers and Environmentalists

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On August 21, 2018
History is a book discipline, not a journal one. So it’s rare that a big new journal begins. For the first time in a good 15 years, that has happened, with Modern American History, the first journal dedicated to 20th century U.S. history specifically. If that surprises you, well, go back to my first point. […]
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