Introduction to Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class

@inproceedings{Cowie2010IntroductionTS,
  title={Introduction to Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class},
  author={Jefferson R. Cowie},
  year={2010}
}
Excerpt] What many pegged as the promise of a working-class revival in the early 1970s turned out to be more of a swan song by decade's end. The fragmented nature of the labor protests—by organization, industry, race, geography, and gender—failed to coalesce into a lasting national presence. The mainstream labor movement failed in its major political initiatives. Market orthodoxy eclipsed all alternatives, and promising organizing drives ended in failure. Deindustrialization decimated the power… 
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