344 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 illus., 4 graphs, 8 maps, notes, index
The years between 1930 and 1979 witnessed a period of intense labor activity in Latin America as workers participated in strikes, unionization efforts, and populist and revolutionary movements. The ten original essays ÆMDNMØin this volume examine sugar mill seizures in Cuba, oil nationalization and railway strikes in Mexico, the attempted revolution in Guatemala, railway nationalization and Peronism in Argentina, Brazil's textile strikes, the Bolivian revolution of 1952, Peru's copper strikes, and the copper nationalization in Chile--all important national events in which industrial laborers played critical roles. Demonstrating an illuminating, bottom-up approach to Latin American labor history, these essays investigate the everyday acts through which workers attempted to assert more control over the work process and thereby add dignity to their lives. Working together, they were able to bring shop floor struggles to public attention and--at certain critical junctures--to influence events on a national scale. The contributors are Andrew Boeger, Michael Marconi Braga, Jonathan C. Brown, Josh DeWind, Marc Christian McLeod, Michael Snodgrass, Andrea Spears, Joanna Swanger, María Celina Tuozzo, and Joel Wolfe.
“Affirms its contributors’ belief in the ability of working people to overcome setbacks and repression, and quite rightly draws our attention to historical patterns of resistance to underline the importance of workplace struggles in our neoliberal age.”
--Labour History Review
“These essays provide a touchstone for evaluating the trajectories and fates of national capitalist experiments in Latin America.”
--International Labor and Working Class History
“Demonstrate[s] a profound sensitivity and deep understanding of workers’ day to day concerns, the nuances of their political philosophies, and the goals of their collective actions. No one has done a better job in recapturing the authentic voices of rank and file workers; no one has done more to place workers’ struggles into the larger historical narrative.”
“Fascinating reading, . . . essential for all scholars of Latin American workers’ movements.”
"An excellent work in all categories, a book for scholars or general students and for anyone interested in the social issues of Latin America."
"Contributors to this volume have uncovered new information on workers' pivotal political role in the histories of a wide range of Latin American countries."
--Charles Bergquist, University of Washington
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