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Sit-Down: The General Motors Strike of 1936-1937 (Class : Culture) (Paperback)

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In this classic study, Sidney Fine portrays the dramatic events of the 1936–37 Flint Sit-down Strike against General Motors, which catapulted the UAW into prominence and touched off a wave of sit-down strikes across the United States. Basing his account on an impressive variety of manuscript sources, Fine analyzes the strategy and tactics of GM and the UAW, describes the life of the workers in the occupied plants, and examines the troubled governmental and public reaction to the alleged breakdown of law and order in the strikes. In addition, Fine provides vivid portraits of the major figures on both sides of the conflict: Governor Frank Murphy; Alfred Sloan, Jr.; William Knudsen; Robert Travis; Roy, Victor, and Walter Reuther; Homer Martin; and Wyndham Mortimer. The GM sit-down strike marks the close of one era of labor-management relations in the United States and the beginning of another. A half century after its initial publication, Fine’s work remains the definitive account of that momentous conflict. A new foreword by Kim Moody’s revisits Sit-Down in order to demonstrate its continued relevance to today’s unions, workers, and activists.

About the Author


Sidney Fine was Andrew Dickson White Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and the author of numerous books and articles.

Praise For…


“Fine has meticulously documented what was perhaps the most important strike in American history . . . a splendid story [and] an excellent reminder of the persistence of certain types of political and social behavior. Rewarding and provocative.”
The Nation

“Sidney Fine’s Sit-Down: The General Motors Strike of 1936-1937 is. . . an example of scrupulous, liberal scholarship at its best. . . . It also makes for quite exciting reading.”
New York Times Book Review

Sit-Down is everything that a work of historical scholarship should be. It is impeccably organized, is drawn from an exhaustive examination of primary sources, exhibits the author’s balanced judgment, and is written with clarity and a certain grace.”
Labor History

“Fine has meticulously documented what was perhaps the most important strike in American history . . . a splendid story [and] an excellent reminder of the persistence of certain types of political and social behavior. Rewarding and provocative.”
The Nation

— The Nation

“Sidney Fine’s Sit-Down: The General Motors Strike of 1936–1937 is . . . an example of scrupulous, liberal scholarship at its best . . . . It also makes for quite exciting reading.”
New York Times Book Review

— New York Times Book Review

Sit-Down is everything that a work of historical scholarship should be. It is impeccably organized, is drawn from an exhaustive examination of primary sources, exhibits the author’s balanced judgment, and is written with clarity and a certain grace.”
Labor History

— Labor History
Product Details
ISBN: 9780472037841
ISBN-10: 0472037846
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: October 30th, 2020
Pages: 482
Series: Class : Culture