?Miners, Musicians, and Salesgirls on Strike?
The book Three Strikes written by Howard Zinn, Dana Frank, and Robin Kelley is a gateway for readers back to the difficulties Americans faced in the early twentieth century. More than that it deals with three specific strikes that took place in American history that most people are unaware of. Mainly miners, musicians, and salesgirls and how they fought the labor battle in these times. The authors capture the drama and grief of the labor clashes that pit corporations against union organizers, chain stores against low-wage sales clerks, and new technologies against displaced workers. Zinn tells the story of the bloody Ludlow Massacre during the Colorado coal miners strike in 1913-14. Frank writes of the successful seven-day strike by Woolworth salesclerks and waitresses in Detroit, Michigan. And Kelley tells of the events by New York City Theater musicians to organize and unite as the introduction of “talking pictures” in the 1930s threatened their jobs. It also implies how people then and now use unions to fight for equal human rights and touches on the ongoing rights for American workers as well as their future. I will present the reasons for these groups to strike, what
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