Recounting how employees attempted to unionize against overwhelming odds, Knocking on Labor's Door dramatically refashions the narrative of working-class struggle during a crucial decade and shakes up current debates about labor's future. Windham's story inspires both hope and indignation, and will become a must-read in labor, civil rights, and women's history.
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Lane Windham takes a fresh look at a phenomenon that many of us thought we understoodthe decline of U.S. trade unionism. With meticulous research and graceful prose, she challenges our outworn preconceptions. Her narrative of labor's recent past deepens our understanding of its present challenges and helps us imagine its future. Rarely have I felt as great an urge to stand up and cheer when reading a work of history as I did while reading this one.Joseph A. McCartin, author of Collision Course
Anyone who cares about work and workers in today's America should read this book. Overturning myths that are widely believed, Windham arouses both hope and outrage as she makes fresh sense of the staggering rise of inequality since the 1970s.Nancy MacLean, author of Freedom Is Not Enough
This is labor history at its sharp and sparkling best. Windham puts working people on center stage as she resurrects the hard-fought organizing battles of the 1970s. If you want new insight into the origins of unions' present dilemma and their future, read Knocking on Labor's Door.John Sweeney, President Emeritus, AFL-CIO
Knocking on Labor's Door challenges most of what we know about the decline of unions and its consequences. Most importantly, the book leads us to reconsider possibilities for the revival of unions. At a time of renewed concern about economic inequality and the plight of the working class, this is required reading.William P. Jones, author of The March on Washington