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The authors study four protest movements of lower-class groups in twentieth-century America—the mobilization of the unemployed during the Great Depression that gave rise to the Workers’ Alliance of America, the industrial strikes that resulted in the formation of the CIO, the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and the movement of welfare recipients led by the National Welfare Rights Organization—to assess the successes and failures of the two strategies of participating in conventional electoral politics versus engaging in mass defiance and disruption.
“...enormously instructive.” —E.J. Hobsbawm, New York Review of Books
“This beautifully written book is the most exciting and important political study in years.” —S. M. Miller, Department of Sociology, Boston University.
“Of the first importance; it is bound to have a wide and various influence; and it is disturbing." —Jack Beatty, The Nation