Striking Steel: Solidarity Remembered

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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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The 1959 Steel Strike
1 Getting to 1959 17
2 No Backward Steps: The Biggest Strike in U.S. History 58
Pt. 2 Cause and Consequence
3 2-B or Not 2-B: A Bottle for "Rigid Union Work Rules" 94
4 When the Wolf Finally Came: Union Power and the Demise of Steel 118
Pt. 3 Remembering or Not
5 Steel Family Memories and the Culture of Unionism 158
6 The Contest for Official Memory 202
Appendix A Histories of Postwar America 231
Appendix B Interviews 232
Notes 235
Acknowledgments 255
Index 257
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