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Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom

Daniel J Clark

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042010
eISBN:
9780252050756
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042010.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

It is conventional wisdom that because of lucrative contracts negotiated by the United Auto Workers (UAW) under Walter Reuther's leadership, most autoworkers in the U.S. enjoyed steady work, ... More


Introduction

Daniel J. Clark

in Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042010
eISBN:
9780252050756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042010.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

The introduction assesses the historiography of U.S. autoworkers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) in the post-WWII era, explains the methodology, especially the use of oral history and local ... More


The Era of “The Treaty of Detroit,” 1949–1950

Daniel J. Clark

in Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042010
eISBN:
9780252050756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042010.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

The 1950 GM-UAW contract, called "The Treaty of Detroit" by Fortune magazine, dominates accounts of postwar U.S. labor history because it seemed to ensure steady employment, increasing wages, and ... More


“The Fifties” in One Year, 1955

Daniel J. Clark

in Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042010
eISBN:
9780252050756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042010.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

The year 1955 is the template for claims that the decade was a golden age for autoworkers. It began with auto plants operating at or near capacity, with multiple shifts. Business leaders predicted ... More


The Nadir, 1958

Daniel J. Clark

in Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042010
eISBN:
9780252050756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042010.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

In 1958, conditions in Detroit’s auto industry went from bad to worse. Unemployment often exceeded 15 percent, easily double the national rate. Rampant inflation made things worse. Well over ... More


Conclusion

Daniel J. Clark

in Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042010
eISBN:
9780252050756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042010.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Job instability and economic insecurity dominated the experiences of Detroit autoworkers during the first fifteen years of the postwar boom, its supposed heyday. Moreover, there was no consistent ... More


How to Build a Trade Union Oligarchy: Guidance from the United States and Australia, 1886–1970

Scott Stephenson

in Frontiers of Labor: Comparative Histories of the United States and Australia

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041839
eISBN:
9780252050503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041839.003.0012
Subject:
History, Economic History

Trade unions are ostensibly democratic organizations, but they often fail to operate as democracies in practice. Most studies of Western trade union democracy have acknowledged that oligarchy is the ... More


Fighting to Provide: The Battle to Organize the Ford River Rouge Plant, 1930–1945

Stephen Meyer

in Manhood on the Line: Working-Class Masculinities in the American Heartland

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040054
eISBN:
9780252098253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040054.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter investigates the auto workers' rough tactic of fighting to redress workplace grievances and to achieve a decent income to provide for their families, which was used throughout the 1930s ... More


An Ending and a Beginning

Stephen M. Ward

in In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780807835203
eISBN:
9781469617718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807835203.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes an ideological rupture at Correspondence. Debates about the course of the Cuban revolution lead to disagreements over the nature of the working class in America. James and ... More


“Women—The Guardians of Price Control”: Working-Class Housewives, Consumer Activism, and the State

Emily E. LB. Twarog

in Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190685591
eISBN:
9780190685621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190685591.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Political History

When the Office of Price Administration introduced its wartime rationing program, the Home Front Pledge Campaign, it sought the help of America’s women through mass meetings and then follow-up ... More


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