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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.

  • "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.
  • Women and Socialism: Essays on Women's Liberation

    The fight for women's liberation is urgent-- and must be linked to winning broader social change.

Other books of interest

  • Class War, USA

    An engaging collection of riveting stories about working people in United States history fighting back in the darkest times.
  • On New Terrain

    An insightful and timely analysis of how global economic restructuring will impact workers' struggles in the US.
  • Women and the American Labor Movement

    A comprehensive account of the women who organized for labor rights and equality from the early factories to the 1970’s.

  • The Class Strikes Back

    The Class Strikes Back examines case studies of twenty-first-century workers’ struggles from both the Global North and South, highlighting the stories of workers fighting to organize and join democratic and independent unions.

  • The Long Deep Grudge

    A powerful account of the epic clash between corporate greed and militant workers in the American heartland.