Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor’s Last Century

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book coverThree Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor’s Last Century  — Three renowned historians present stirring tales of labor: Howard Zinn tells the grim tale of the Ludlow Massacre, a drama of beleaguered immigrant workers, Mother Jones, and the politics of corporate power in the age of the robber barons. Dana Frank brings to light the little-known story of a successful sit-in conducted by the “counter girls” at the Detroit Woolworth’s during the Great Depression. Robin D. G. Kelley’s story of a movie theater musicians’ strike in New York asks what defines work in times of changing technology. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Beacon Press, 2001.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction • p. 1
  • The Colorado Coal Strike, 1913-14 by Howard Zinn • p. 5
  • Girl Strikers Occupy Chain Store, Win Big: The Detroit Woolworth’s Strike of 937 by Dana Frank • p. 57
  • Without a Song: New York Musicians Strike Out against Technology by Robin D. G. Kelley • p. 119
  • Bibliography • p. 157
  • Acknowledgements • p. 171