American Vanguard: The United Auto Workers During the Reuther Years, 1935-1970

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Wayne State University Press, Jun 1, 2005 - Business & Economics - 608 pages
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The struggles and victories of the UAW form an important chapter in the story of American democracy. American Vanguard is the first and only history of the union available for both general and academic audiences. In this thorough and engaging narrative, John Barnard not only records the controversial issues tackled by the UAW, but also lends them immediacy through details about the workers and their environments, the leaders and the challenges that they faced outside and inside the organization, and the vision that guided many of these activists.

Throughout, Barnard traces the UAW's two-fold goal: to create an industrial democracy in the workplace and to pursue a social-democratic agenda in the interest of the public at large.

Part one explores the obstacles to the UAW's organization, including tensions between militant reformers and workers who feared for their jobs; ideological differences; racial and ethnic issues; and public attitudes toward unions. By the outbreak of World War II, however, the union had succeeded in redistributing power on the shop floor in its members' favor. Part two follows the union during Walter P. Reuther's presidency (1946-1970). During this time, pioneering contracts brought a new standard of living and income security to the workers, while an effort was made to move America toward a social democracy-which met with mixed results during the civil rights decade. Throughout, Barnard presents balanced interpretations grounded in evidence, while setting the UAW within the context of the history of the U.S. auto industry and national politics.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Hurry up The Auto Industry before the Union
3
The genie is out of the bottle Toward an Auto Workers Union 193337
36
Storming the stronghold of the open shop The Year of the SitDown Strikes 1937
73
An insecure person who happened on historic times President Homer Martin 193738
111
A fight for the survival of the union Resolving the Leadership Crisis 193841
130
UAWCIO makes the army roll and go The UAW in World War II 194145
165
Teamwork in the leadership and solidarity in the ranks The Reuther Era Begins 194560
208
Some frosting on the Chrysler birthday cake New Frontiers in Bargaining 196068
351
Something short of perfect New Frontiers in Politics 196065
379
A stressful time The Issues of War and Racial Justice 196570
411
A whole new middle class End of on Era 196070
451
Things that we had to do we did
477
Notes
497
Bibliographical Note
587
Index
589

The glory days of growth and rich settlements Better Lives for Auto Workers and Their Families 194860
259
Give em hell Harry The Political Battlefront 194860
314

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About the author (2005)

John Barnard is professor of history emeritus at Oakland University. He is the author of several books, including Walter Reuther and the Rise of the Auto Workers (1983), and is an associate editor of Children and Youth in America: A Documentary History (1970-1974).

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