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Class, Race, and Worker Insurgency : The League of Revolutionary Black Workers - James A. Geschwender

Class, Race, and Worker Insurgency

The League of Revolutionary Black Workers

Paperback Published: 29th May 1978
ISBN: 9780521291910
Number Of Pages: 268

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This book, originally published in 1977, provides a historical account and case study of a little-publicised social movement, the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. The League, a black Marxist-Leninist movement that developed among automobile workers in Detroit, appeared shortly after the 1967 Detroit urban disorders. It spread from the automobile industry to other industries, and from Detroit to other urban areas, before an internal split led to its demise in 1971. The author bases his study on interviews with members of the League and on a detailed analysis of the movement's literature. He carefully examines the development of different ideologies within the League and the resultant conflict over tactics. Although the League was unified in its advocacy of black revolt, one wing of the League's leadership emphasised class analysis and supported a strategy of collaboration with white workers and white radicals. Another wing stressed national liberation struggles and rejected such collaboration in favour of an exclusively black movement.

List of tables
List of abbreviations
Sociology and the dialectics of class and race
Historical Context
Black workers, the auto industry and the UAW
Detroit: evolution of a black industrial city
The League of Revolutionary Black Workers
The birth of the League
Union electoral politics
League organisational activities
The League splits and dies
Why was the League initially so successful?
Why did the League die?
The Present and the Future
Insurrectionary potential remains
The meaning of it all
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ISBN: 9780521291910
ISBN-10: 0521291917
Series: Contemporary China Institute Publications
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 29th May 1978
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.4