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A wave of teacher strikes in the 1960s and 1970s roiled urban communities. Jon Shelton illuminates how this tumultuous era helped shatter the liberal-labor coalition and opened the door to the neoliberal challenge at the heart of urban education today. Drawing on a wealth of research ranging from school board meetings to TV news reports, Shelton puts readers in the middle of fraught, intense strikes in Newark, St. Louis, and three other cities where these debates and shifting attitudes played out. He also demonstrates how the labor actions contributed to the growing public perception of unions as irrelevant or even detrimental to American prosperity. Foes of the labor movement, meanwhile, tapped into cultural and economic fears to undermine not just teacher unionism but the whole of liberalism.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: From Labor Liberalism to Neoliberalism
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 1. “A New Era of Labor Relations”: Teachers and the Public-Sector Labor Problem
  2. pp. 26-55
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  1. 2. Teacher Power, Black Power, and the Fracturing of Labor Liberalism
  2. pp. 56-81
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  1. 3. “Who Is Going to Run the Schools?” : Teacher Strikes and the Urban Crises of 1972–73
  2. pp. 82-113
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  1. 4. Dropping Dead: Teachers, the New York City Fiscal Crisis, and Austerity
  2. pp. 114-142
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  1. 5. The Pittsburgh Teachers Strike of 1975–76 and the Crisis of the Labor-Liberal Coalition
  2. pp. 143-159
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  1. 6. The “Fed-up Taxpayer”: St. Louis, Philadelphia, and the Eclipse of the Labor-Liberal Coalition
  2. pp. 160-191
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  1. Conclusion: Teacher Unions and the American Political Imagination
  2. pp. 192-198
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-232
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-252
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Further Series Titles
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252099373
Related ISBN
9780252040870
MARC Record
OCLC
968246518
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-29
Language
English
Open Access
No
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