Encyclopedia Of Strikes In America, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0765626454
  • ISBN-13: 9780765626455
  • DDC: 331.892
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 792 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released March 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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This comprehensive encyclopedia is the first detailed collection of historical research on strikes in America. To provide the analytical tools for understanding strikes, the volume includes two types of essays those focused on an industry or economic sector, and those focused on a theme. Each industry essay introduces a group of workers and their employers and places them in their economic, political, and community contexts. The essay then describes the industry's various strikes, including the main issues involved and outcomes achieved, and assesses the impact of the strikes on the industry over time. Thematic essays address questions that can only be answered by looking at a variety of strikes across industries, groups of workers, and time, such as, why the number of strikes has declined since the 1970s, or why there was a strike wave in 1946. The contributors include historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and philosophers, as well as current and past activists from unions and other social movement organizations. Photos, a Topic Finder, a bibliography, and name and subject indexes add to the works appeal.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editors and Contributors.
List of Abbreviations.
Topic Finder.
Introduction to the Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History.
Types of Strikes.
1: Strikes: Theory and Practice.
2: Strikes in American History.
3: Theories of Strikes.
4: Socialist Theories of Strikes.
5: The News Media and Strikes.
6: The Business Community’s Mercenaries: Strikebreakers and Union Busters.
7: Corporate Strike Strategy.
8: The Decline of Strikes.
9: Strike Lessons from the Last Twenty-Five Years: What it Takes to Walk Out and Win.
10: Strikes and Working-Class Culture.
11: Dressed for Defiance: The Clothing of Female Strikers, 1910–1935.
12: “Better than a Hundred Speeches”: The Strike Song.
13: Civil Rights Strikes.
14: World War II Hate Strikes.
15: Polish Workers and Strikes, 1900–1937.
16: North Carolina Women on Strike.
17: The Catholic Church and Strikes.
18: Strikes Led by the Trade Union Unity League, 1929–1934.
19: Strike Waves.
20: The Strike Wave of 1877.
21: World War I Era Strikes.
22: The Rise and Fall of the Sit-Down Strike.
23: The 1945–1946 Strike Wave.
24: Strikes in the United States Since World War II.
25: Public Sector Strikes.
26: Labor and the Boston Police Strike of 1919.
27: Teachers’ Strikes.
28: Postal Workers’ Strikes.
29: Three Strikes Against The New York City Transit System.
30: Social Workers and Strikes.
31: Strikes in the Private Sector.
32: Manufacturing, Mining, and Agriculture Strikes.
33: Strikes and Apprenticeship in the United States.
34: Strikes in the Nineteenth-Century Cotton Textile Industry in the Northeast United States.
35: Twentieth-Century Textile Strikes.
36: Garment Worker Strikes.
37: Steel Strikes Before 1935.
38: Steel on Strike: From 1936 to the Present.
39: Unionizing the “Jungle”: A Century of Meatpacking Strikes.
40: Automobile Workers’ Strikes.
41: Rubber Workers’ Strikes.
42: Plumbing Strikes.
43: Agricultural Strikes.
44: Labor and the Transformation of the Hawaiian Sugar Industry.
45: The Redwood Lumber and Sawmill Workers’ Strike.
46: The Watsonville Cannery Strike, 1985–1987.
47: Coal Miners on Strike and the Formation of a National Union.
48: Mesabi Iron Miners’ Strikes.
49: The Rise and Fall of Rank-and-File Miner Militancy, 1964–2007.
50: Infrastructure Industry Strikes.
51: Labor Upheaval on the Nation’s Railroads, 1877–1922.
52: Strikes by Telegraph Workers.
53: Telegraph Messenger Strikes and their Impact on Telegraph Unionization.
54: Trolley Wars.
55: Seafarers’ Strikes in American History.
56: Longshoremen’s Strikes, 1900–1920.
57: Strikes on the Port of New York, 1945–1960.
58: Strikes in the U.S. Airline Industry, 1919–2004.
59: Aerospace Engineer Strikes.
60: Teamster Strikes and Organizing, 1934–1964.
61: Service Industry Strikes.
62: Newsboy Strikes.
63: Retail Workers’ Strikes.
64: Waitress Strikes.
65: Office Workers’ Strikes.
66: Strikes in the Motion Picture Industry.
67: Attorney Strikes at the Legal Aid Society of New York City.
68: Musician Strikes.
69: Striking the Ivory Tower: Student Employee Strikes at Private Universities.
70: The Boston University Strike of 1979.
71: Strikes by Professional Athletes.
72: Nurses on Strike.
73: Organizing Home Health Care Workers in New York City.
Additional Bibliography.
Name Index.
Subject Index.