The title says it all, if one reads it carefully. This is not really a book about strikes but instead a history of the United States centered on political economy and class struggle. In ten chapters, Erik Loomis moves generation by generation from the 1820s to the present, anchoring each in the story of a famous strike. It is a clever and effective narrative strategy, and the result is a book that offers a compelling introduction to American labor and working-class history and might serve well in undergraduate classes. It is even more appropriate for labor educators and unions looking for a concise way to explore the vital and exciting history of labor struggles.

That seems to be what Loomis has in mind. “We cannot fight against pro-capitalist mythology in American society if we do not know our shared history of class struggle” (5), he explains, following with a prescription:...

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