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The second of four books on the 1930s strikes, organizing drives, and political campaigns that transformed the Teamsters union in Minnesota and much of the Midwest into a fighting industrial union movement. Written by a leader of the communist movement in the U.S. and organizer of the Teamsters union during the rise of the CIO. Indispensable tools for advancing revolutionary politics, organization, and effective trade unionism.
describes the growth and consolidation of the Teamsters union in Minneapolis and its class-struggle leadership, and the 11-state over-the-road organizing campaign that brought union power for the first time to much of the Midwest.
Introduction by Farrell Dobbs, 24-page photo section, other photographs, map, reproductions of documents. Now with enlarged type.
“A book by a militant about militants of the past for militants of today.”—Hibernia
“A significant and enjoyable book on labor history … highly insightful … represents a classic case in which a genuine rank and file movement can force a bureaucrat to either build the movement or destroy himself …. Must reading for revolutionaries and militant workers.”—Nebraska Dispatch
“Instructive and enjoyable reading for anyone interested in labor history—especially Teamster history …. Dobbs’ writing is about the courage of workers and their determination to extract from the bosses justice and decent conditions. It is about workers’ solidarity and it is about militancy. Dobbs describes in fascinating details the leadership processes and the tactical and strategic considerations along the road.”—Missouri Teamster
“An inside account of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strikes told by men who were the actual leaders …. Dobbs’ writing style is so interesting and readable that the reader will feel compelled to complete the book in one evening.”—Minnesota Daily
“Dobbs has written a vivid and sympathetic account of this labor upsurge from his vantage point in the midst of the turmoil … exciting and partisan history … provocative and instructive.”—Minneapolis Tribune
The Teamster Series
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