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Striking Steel: Solidarity Remembered
     

Striking Steel: Solidarity Remembered

by Jack Metzgar
 

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ISBN-10: 1566397391

ISBN-13: 9781566397391

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: Temple University Press

Having come of age during a period of vibrant union-centered activism, Jack Metzgar begins this book wondering how his father, a U.S. Steel shop steward in the 1950s and '60s, and so many contemporary historians could forget what this country owes to the union movement.

Combining personal memoir and historical narrative, Striking Steel argues for reassessment of

Overview

Having come of age during a period of vibrant union-centered activism, Jack Metzgar begins this book wondering how his father, a U.S. Steel shop steward in the 1950s and '60s, and so many contemporary historians could forget what this country owes to the union movement.

Combining personal memoir and historical narrative, Striking Steel argues for reassessment of unionism in American life during the second half of the twentieth century and a recasting of "official memory." As he traces the history of union steelworkers after World War II, Metzgar draws on his father's powerful stories about the punishing work in the mills, stories in which time is divided into "before the union" and since.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566397391
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Critical Perspectives on the Past Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
760,380
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Part 1The 1959 Steel Strike
Prologue13
1Getting to 195917
2No Backward Steps: The Biggest Strike in U.S. History58
Part 2Cause and Consequence
Prologue85
32-B or Not 2-B: A Battle for "Rigid Union Work Rules"94
4When the Wolf Finally Came: Union Power and the Demise of Steel118
Part 3Remembering or Not
Prologue149
5Steel Family Memories and the Culture of Unionism158
6The Contest for Official Memory202
Appendix AHistories of Postwar America231
Appendix BInterviews232
Notes235
Acknowledgments255
Index257

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