Organizing the Unemployed: Community and Union Activists in the Industrial Heartland

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SUNY Press, 1996 - Business & Economics - 407 pages
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Focusing on Michigan during the Great Depression, this book highlights the efforts of community organizers and activists in the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to mobilize the jobless for mass action. In doing so, it demonstrates the relationship between unemployed activism and the rise of industrial unionism. Moreover, by discussing Communist and Socialist initiatives on behalf of displaced workers, the book illuminates the impact of radicalism on social change and shows how political claims influenced the cultural discourse of the 1930s.

The book not only helps fill a void in our knowledge of community activism, worker culture, and labor history in the 1930s but also sheds light on the New Deal's domestication of American labor and the channeling of mass protest toward politically and socially acceptable goals. The UAW acceptance of responsibility for the underclass of the 1930s raises pertinent questions for labor in the 1990s.

 

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Contents

The Residue of a Failed Economy
1
Radical Politics and Worker Response Solidarity and Revolution 19291933
15
Beyond the Core Outstate Reactions to Economic Crisis 19291933
55
new Leadership and New Opportunity Organizing for Action 19331935
81
Finding a Place The flew Unemployed Movement and the Rise of UAW 19361937
125
The Union Militant UAW and the Organized Unemployed 19371938
159
The Other Activists Alternative Approaches to Unemployed Organizing 19371938
191
Troubled Times Political Conflict and Factional Strife 19381939
217
A Movement in Decline The War Economy Job Opportunity and the Unemployabies 1939194 J
237
Into the War Prosperity and the Unemployables
281
NOTES
295
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
365
INDEX
383
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James J. Lorence is Professor of History at University of Wisconsin Center--Marathon County. His other books include Gerald J. Boileau and the Progressive-Farmer-Labor Alliance and Organized Business and the Myth of the China Market: The American Asiatic Association, 1898-1937.

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