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Subterranean Fire (Updated Edition)
A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States

This accessible, critical history of the U.S. labor movement examines the hidden history of workers' resistance.

This revised and updated edition of Sharon Smith’s accessible, critical history of the US labor movement examines the hidden radical history of workers’ resistance from the nineteenth century to the present.

Reviews
  • "There is no better time than the present for an updated edition of Subterranean Fire, as such a fire is clearly burning brighter than it has in decades, and yet so many people do not know how to connect the struggles of today to those of the past. Sharon Smith brings that history to life once again, blasting through the myths of the working class that Trump-era narratives cling to in order to connect us once again to the possibility of building broad solidarity." 
    -Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt


    "A veteran worker-intellectual brilliantly addresses the crisis of the labor movement, skewering those who believe that renewal can come from the top down, and encouraging those who are fighting to rebuild it from the bottom up."
    - Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

Other books by Sharon Smith

  • Fuego subterráneo

    Accessible, radical history of the U.S. labor movement examines the history of workers' resistance, in Spanish for the first time.
  • Women and Socialism (Revised and Updated Edition)

    A socialist perspective on women's oppression and liberation, exploring the connection between women's rights and equality for all.
  • Subterranean Fire

    This accessible, critical history of the U.S. labor movement examines the hidden history of workers' resistance.