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General Strike 100 Years Ago Shows Us Hope for Today: Labor Notes reviews “Radical Seattle”


Radical Seattle: The General Strike of 1919
280 pp, $26 pbk, ISBN 978-1-58367-852-7
By Cal Winslow

Reviewed by Jeff Johnson

“For five days in 1919, union members took control of the city of Seattle. They arguably ran it better, and certainly more justly, than it had ever been run before. ¶ The strike began when waitresses, laundry workers, streetcar workers, and more—65,000 union workers in all—walked off the job on February 6, 1919, to support striking shipyard workers. ¶ Thousands of workers volunteered to keep Seattle’s essential services operating. People were fed at 21 different locations; on February 9, volunteers served more than 30,000 meals….”

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Radical Seattle: The General Strike of 1919

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