Rank and File
Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers
The activity of the rank-and-file organizers in this book covers the 1930s—1960s, and with the addition of accounts from The New Rank and File, the 1970s—1990s. Brought to life in their own words, in this vibrant collection of oral histories, they were each militant in demanding changes in their unions, workplaces, and society at large.
“One of the best works of oral history produced by radical historians. . . . For readers who want to see an alternative view to social trade union history, in which labor leaders take the center stage, Rank and File is the place to begin.”
“The stories, which are replete with heroism, double-dealing, hope, and suffering, make a vital contribution to an understanding of American labor’s struggle for recognition and united strength.”
“A skillful compilation of interviews with working-class organizers . . . not just an oral history, but a chronicle of modern political events ignored in mainstream labor history and journalistic commentary.”
—History Workshop Journal