It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest
Mari Jo Buhle, Paul Buhle
Verso Books, Jan 9, 2012 - Political Science - 181 pages
First-hand accounts of the largest pro-labor mass mobilization in modern American history.
In the spring of 2011, Wisconsinites took to the streets in what became the largest and liveliest labor demonstrations in modern American history. Protesters in the Middle East sent greetings—and pizzas—to the thousands occupying the Capitol building in Madison, and 150,000 demonstrators converged on the city.
In a year that has seen a revival of protest in America, here is a riveting account of the first great wave of grassroots resistance to the corporate restructuring of the Great Recession.
It Started in Wisconsin includes eyewitness reports by striking teachers, students, and others (such as Wisconsin-born musician Tom Morello), as well as essays explaining Wisconsin’s progressive legacy by acclaimed historians. The book lays bare the national corporate campaign that crafted Wisconsin’s anti-union legislation and similar laws across the country, and it conveys the infectious esprit de corps that pervaded the protests with original pictures and comics.
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HOW IT STARTED IN WISCONSIN
We Dropped the Bomb
The Battle of Madison
The Sale of Wisconsin
The War on Schools
Whats So Funny bout Beer Brats and Cheese
An Interview with Ben Manski of Wisconsin Wave
Spread the Love Stop the Hate
Labor Social Solidarity and the Wisconsin Winter
The Role of Corporations
Teachers on Strike
The Shape of Things to Come
From Wisconsin to Wall Street and Back