Revolution in Seattle: A Memoir

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Haymarket Books, 2009 - History - 300 pages

The Seattle General Strike of 1919 was America's first citywide labor stoppage, a defiant example of workers' power in the aftermath of World War I. Told in gripping detail by one of the era's great labor journalists, Revolution in Seattle captures the dramatic dynamics of workers organizing strike committees to take control of their city from below. Republished on the tenth anniversary of the 1999 “Battle in Seattle” against the World Trade Organization, Harvey O'Connor's book offers lessons and inspiration to a new generation of rebels.

Harvey O'Connor was a seminal labor journalist and historian, whose work exposed the greed of the depression-era “robber barons” and labor struggles nationwide.


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The Rise of Radicalism
The Bloody Voyage of the Verona
From Timber Beast to Lumber Worker
The Radicals and the War
The General Strike
Postwar Turmoil
Tragedy in Centralia
Ebb and Flow of Radicalism
Appendix One The Lives of Radicals

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Harvey O'Connor (1897-1987) was a seminal radical journalist and labor historian who documented the lives of both rich and poor in America. His early work exposed the greed of the depression-era "robber barons" in books such as "Mellon's Millions." He was equally committed to documenting workers' struggle, and was sentenced for contempt for defying the McCarthyite witchhunt of the 1950s.

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