labor history

The fight against shutdowns: youngstown’s steel mill closings -Staughton Lynd

Out of print book from Singlejack Books in 1982. Staughton Lynd tells of his efforts to support steel workers in Youngstown, Ohio to reopen three steel mills under worker-community ownership.

The History of a Riot: Class, Popular Protest and Violence in Early Colonial Nelson

Petitions, public meetings, strikes, go-slows, violence and armed revolt. Nelson, New Zealand in 1843 was said to be 'in a state little short of anarchy'. In this paper, Jared Davidson argues that the self-activity of the Nelson labourers and their wives had a significant impact on the development of Nelson, drawing on traditions of popular protest, class power and the gendered labour of making shift. The agricultural backgrounds of many of the emigrants and the conflicts of the English countryside – including but not limited to the Swing Riots of 1830/31 – played a role in structuring the gang-men’s response to their situation.

The Life and Times of Jimmy Hoffa

There appears not to be a thorough, fair-minded history of Jimmy Hoffa anywhere on the internet. So here's one. Hoffa was far from perfect, but he did a lot of good.

Down But Not Out: The Unemployed in Chicago during the Great Depression

This is a Ph.D. dissertation in the field of U.S. labor history. See www.wrightswriting.com/ for more Marxist scholarship.