The Red Thread: The Passaic Textile Strike
by Jacob A. Zumoff
Rutgers University Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-9788-0993-2 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-0990-1 | Paper: 978-1-9788-0989-5
Library of Congress Classification HD5325.T42 1926Z86 2021

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book tells the story of 15,000 wool workers who went on strike for more than a year, defying police violence and hunger. The strikers were mainly immigrants and half were women. The Passaic textile strike, the first time that the Communist Party led a mass workers’ struggle in the United States, captured the nation’s imagination and came to symbolize the struggle of workers throughout the country when the labor movement as a whole was in decline during the conservative, pro-business 1920s. Although the strike was defeated, many of the methods and tactics of the Passaic strike presaged the struggles for industrial unions a decade later in the Great Depression.
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