Minneapolis in the early 1930s was anything but a union stronghold. An employers' association known as the Citizens' Alliance kept labour organisations in check, at the same time as it cultivated opposition to radicalism in all forms. This all changed in 1934. The year saw three strikes, violent picket-line confrontations, and tens of thousands of workers protesting in the streets.
Bryan D. Palmer tells the riveting story of how a handful of revolutionary Trotskyists, working in the largely non-union trucking sector, led the drive to organise the unorganised, to build one large industrial union. What emerges is a compelling narrative of class struggle, a reminder of what can be accomplished, even in the worst of circumstances, with a principled and far-seeing leadership.
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).
1. Revolutionary Trotskyism and Teamsters in the United States: the Early Depression-Years
2. The Mass Strike
3. Combined and Uneven Development: Class-Relations in Minneapolis
4. Trotskyists Among the Teamsters: Propagandistic Old Moles
5. January Thaw; February Cold Snap: the Coal-Yards on Strike
6. Unemployed-Agitation and Strike-Preparation
7. The Women’s Auxiliary
8. Rebel-Outpost: 1900 Chicago Avenue
9. The Tribune Alley Plot and the Battle of Deputies Run
10. May 1934: Settlement Secured; Victory Postponed
12. Toward the July Days
13. A Strike Declared; a Plot Exposed
14. Bloody Friday
15. Labour’s Martyr: Henry B. Ness
16. Martial Law and the Red-Scare
17. Governor Olson: The ‘Merits’ of a Defective Progressive Pragmatism
18. Standing Fast: Satire and Solidarity
19. Mediation’s Meanderings
20. Sudden and Unexpected Victory
21. After 1934: the Revenge of Uneven and Combined Development
22. Conclusion: The Meaning of Minneapolis
Appendix: Trotskyism in the United States, 1928–33
All interested in histories of the United States, Labor, Revolutionary Left, Trotskyism, Social Movements, and the Great Depression. Undergraduate, Graduate, and Activist audiences.