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Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide

Lane Windham


The power of unions in workers’ lives and in the American political system has declined dramatically since the 1970s. In recent years, many have argued that the crisis took root when unions stopped reaching out to workers and workers turned away from unions. But here Lane Windham tells a different story. Highlighting the integral, often-overlooked contributions of women, people of color, young workers, and southerners, Windham reveals how in the 1970s workers combined old working-class tools--like unions and labor law--with legislative gains from the civil and women’s rights movements to help ... More

Keywords: labor, unions, organizing, 1970s, working class, working women, civil rights, women’s rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469632070
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lane Windham, author
Georgetown University