Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934

Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934

by Bryan D. Palmer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608463794
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Historical Materialism Book Series , #53
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Bryan D. Palmer, Ph.D. (1977), SUNY-Binghamton, is Canada Research Chair in the Department of Canadian Studies, Trent University. His prize-winning monographs, edited collections, and articles on the history of labour and the Left, historiography and theory, have been translated and published in Greek, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and other languages. Among his books are James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928 (2010).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Illustrations

1 Revolutionary Trotskyism and Teamsters in the United States: The Early Depression-Years 1

2 The Mass Strike 11

3 Uneven and Combined Development: Class-Relations in Minneapolis 29

4 Trotskyists Among the Teamsters: Propagandistic Old Moles 41

5 January Thaw; February Cold Snap: the Coal-Yards on Strike 53

6 Unemployed-Agitation and Strike-Preparation 61

7 The Women's Auxiliary 75

8 Rebel-Outpost: 1900 Chicago Avenue 83

9 The Tribune Alley Plot and the Battle of Deputies Run 87

10 May 1934: Settlement Secured; Victory Postponed 105

11 Interlude 127

12 Toward the July Days 137

13 A Strike Declared; a Plot Exposed 151

14 Bloody Friday 159

15 Labour's Martyr: Henry B. Ness 171

16 Martial Law and the Red-Scare 179

17 Governor Olson: The 'Merits' of a Defective Progressive Pragmatism 191

18 Standing Fast: Satire and Solidarity 199

19 Mediation's Meanderings 207

20 Sudden and Unexpected Victory 213

21 After 1934: the Revenge of Uneven and Combined Development 223

22 Conclusion: The Meaning of Minneapolis 249

Appendix Trotskyism in the United States, 1928-33 269

References 293

Index 301

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