The Working Class

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Overview and Strategy

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History

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Racial and Ethnic Divisions

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Inside the Workplace

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Unions Against the Workers

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Women Wage Earners

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The Working Class

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A Guide to Working Class History, Jim O'Brien, Jim Green, Paul Faler, John Battye, David Frank, Greg Kealey, and Ian McKay

Photograph from A Guide to Working Class History.Brookside Women’s Club member

Minnie Lunsford with her picket sign.

Photo by Earl Dotter

Overview and Strategy

Steve Babson & Nancy Brigham, What's Happening to Our Jobs, $1.45

Daniel Bell, The Subversion of Collective Bargaining in the 1950’s, 1960, 15¢

Harold Benenson and Eric Lessinger, Towards a "Middle Class" America?

Big Flame, Portugal: A Blaze of Freedom, 50¢

James Boggs, The Rise and Fall of the Union, 15¢

Victoria Bonnell and Michael Reich, Workers and the American Economy: Data on the Labor Force, 50¢

Joe Eyer, Living Conditions in the US, 10¢

John Evansohn/Laura Foner/Mark Naison/Ruth Meyerwitz/Will Brumback, Literature on the American Working Class, 15¢   

Martin Glaberman, Be His Payment High or Low: The American Working Class of the Sixties, 50¢

Industrial Workers  of the World, A Worker's Guide to Direct Action, 1974, 25¢

Katherine Kaufer and Tom Christoffel, The Political Economy of Male Chauvinism, 10¢

David Montgomery, What's Happening to the American Worker?, 20¢

Resources for Community Change, Gonna Rise Again!: Economic Organizing for Hard Times, $1.00

Kim Moody, The American Working Class in Transition, 35¢

Mike Myerson, The ILGWU: Fighting for Lower Wages, 10¢

Sojourner Truth Organization, Since When Has Working Been  a Crime?, The Deportation of Mexicans Without Papers,
 

Paul Romano, Life in the Factory, 30¢

Elizabeth Ross, Welfare: Why Workers Need it, How Billionaires Get it, 1975, 35¢

Paul Sweezy, Marx and the Proletariat, 1967, 35¢

Roger Rapoport, Steve Fox, Clark Kissinger, Brenda Mull, Labor in an Affluent Society: A Collection of Articles / 1967–1968

Walter Linder and Martin Stevens, Dual Unionism; Outmoded Strategy or Useful Tactic? / 1967

Gary, Indiana Writers' Workshop and Staughton Lynd, Two Steel Contracts, 1971

Steve Wagner, American Factories are Death Traps, 10¢

Bill Watson, Counter-planning on the Shop Floor, 1971

James Weinstein, The Grand Illusion, The Communist Party and Trade Unionism, 1975

Stan Weir, USA.: The Labor Revolt of the 1960s / 1967, 35¢

Mitch Zimmerman & the United Front Press, International Runaway Shops: Why US Companies are Moving Their Plants Abroad, 50¢

History

T. N. Bethel, Conspiracy in Coal, 25¢

Thomas N. Bethell and Davitt McAteer, The Pittston Mentality: Manslaughter on Buffalo Creek, 1972, 25¢

Richard Boyer and Herbert Morais, Labor's Untold Story, Published by UE, $2.50

Jim Dann, Communists Try to Organize “Factories in the Fields”; Organizing California migrant workers in the Great Depression / 1969

Evansohn/Foner/Naison/Meyerwitz/Brumback, Literature on the American Working Class, 15¢

Paul Faler, Jim Green, Jim O'Brien, John Battye, David Frank, Greg Kealey, & Ian McKay, A Guide to Working Class History, 60¢

Martin Glaberman, Be His Payment High or Low: The American Working Class of the 60's, 50¢

IWW, Industrial Workers of the World Songbook, 50¢

Karson/Radosh, The AFL and Negro Workers, 1894–1949, 25¢

Ken Lawrence, The Roots of Class Struggle in the South, 60¢

Walter Linder, How Industrial Unionism was Won: the Great Flint Sit-Down Strike Against General Motors, 1936-37 / Progressive Labor Party Pamphlet, 1967, 25¢

Staughton Lynd, A History of the Steelworkers Union, 30¢

Staughton Lynd, editor, Personal Histories of the Early CIO, 25¢

David Montgomery, What's Happening to the American Worker?, 20¢

Mark Naison, Rent Strikes in New York, 30¢

Mark Naison, The Southern Tenants Farmers’ Union and the C.I.O., 1968, 15¢

National Advisory Committee on Farm Labor, Farm Labor Organizing: 1905 – 1967; a Brief History, 1967, 50¢

Dean Nolan and Fred Thompson, Joe Hill, IWW Songwriter, 1979

Paul Nyden, The Coal Miner's Struggle in Eastern Kentucky, 25¢

Brian Peterson, Working Class Communism: A review of the literature, 25¢

PL, Sit-down: The Great Flint Sit-down Strike Against General Motors, 1936-1937, 25¢

Vincent Pinto, Soldiers and Strikers

Jonah Raskin, Labor, Mystery and Rebellion, 1977; and Assemblyline by B. Traven, 1966

Tom Tippett, When Southern Labor Stirs: Struggles of Southern Mountain Textile Workers in 1929–30, $1.50

Part 1, Introduction, 50¢

Part 2, The Strike at Elizabethton, 25¢

Part 3, The Strike at Gastonia, 35¢

Part 4, The Strike at  Marion, 40¢

B. Traven, Assemblyline, 1966;  and Labor, Mystery and Rebellion, Jonah Raskin, 1977

James Weinstein, The Grand Illusion: Trade Unionism and the Left, 35¢
 

Racial and Ethnic Divisions

Ted Allen, Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race, 50¢, 1975

Robert Analavage, Laurel Strike is Broken: Black and White Divided, 1968, 5¢

Tomas Almaguer, Class, Race, and Chicano Oppression, 50¢

Harold Baron, The Demand for Black Labor: Historical Notes on the Political Economy of Racism, 75¢

Steve Biko, Black Consciousness and the Quest for a True Humanity AND I Write What I Like, 40¢

Boston PL, Black and White Construction Workers Divided by the Bosses, 10¢

Vincent Copeland, The Blast Furnace Brothers (a short story on black/white solidarity at a steel plant), $1.00

Noel Ignatin, Black Worker, White Worker, 30¢

Jim Jacobs, Black Workers Set the Pace (in Detroit, about DRUM), 1969, 5¢

Fred Lacey, Memphis Workers Fight; the City Sanitation Workers’ Strike / 1968, 30¢

Elinor Langer, The Women of the Telephone Company, 1970, 20¢

League for Revolutionary Workers, Our Thing is DRUM: an interview; plus The Midwest and the League, by Jim Jacobs, 30¢

Kathy McAfee, Black Brothers Have a Better Idea (Mahwah Strike), 5¢

Brenda Mull, Blue Ridge: Our Struggle Against Levi-Strauss, 10¢

New England Free Press, On the Job Oppression of Working Women: A collection of articles, 20¢

Sojourner Truth Organization, Since When Has Working Been a Crime?: The Deportation of Mexicans Without Papers, 40¢

John Watson, To the Point of Production –An Interview with John Watson of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers / (from the Fifth Estate), 1969, 15¢

Inside the Workplace

Vincent Copeland, The Blast Furnace Brothers, 1973

Industrial Workers  of the World, A Worker's Guide to Direct Action, 1974, 25¢

Elinor Langer, Women of the Telephone Company, 50¢

John Lippert, Fleetwood Wildcat

Fun, Games, Money, (GM Workers)

Pacific Studies Center, Black Monday: How businesses and government are using civil rights to make other people pay for inflation, 10¢

Paul Romano, Life in the Factory, 30¢

Radical America, American Labor History: Race and Ethnicity in the Working Class,

Bill Watson, Counter-Planning on the Shop Floor, 25¢

Steve Babson and Nancy Brigham, What's Happening to Our Jobs?

Unions Against the Workers

T. N. Bethel, Conspiracy in Coal: The companies and the UMW against the workers, 20¢

James Boggs, The Rise and Fall of the Union, 1963

Eric Johnson, The Threat of Rank-and-File Power and the Assassination of Dow Wilson (Painters Union), 1967, 30¢

Elinor Langer, The Hospital Workers: 'The Best Contract Anywhere'?, 1971, 20¢

Walter Linder, Aftermath of the 1967 U.A.W. Strike; Sellout and Insurgency in the Auto Industry, 10¢

Walter Linder, District 65: How a Good Union Goes Bad, 15¢

Staughton Lynd and Gary, Indiana Writers Workshop, Two Steel Contracts, 30¢

Michael Myerson, The ILGWU: Fighting for Lower Wages, 20¢

Steve Wagner, American Factories are Death-Traps, 5¢

Women Wage Earners

Evelyn Alloy, Working Women's Music, The Songs and Struggles of Women in the Cotton Mills, Textile Plants, and Needle Trades, $2.50

Ann Froines, Women's Work is Never Done, 40¢

Brenda Mull, Blue Ridge: Our Struggle Against Levi-Strauss, 20¢

Jean Tepperman, Sixty Words a Minute and What Do You Get?: Clerical Workers Today,  50¢

Ilene Winkler, Women Workers: The Forgotten Third of the Working Class,  35¢

Women's Work Project, Separated and Unequal: Discrimination Against Women Workers After WWII,  $1.00