- Title Pages
- Part I Shaping Myself, Shaping History
- Chapter 1 Writing and Rewriting Labor’s Narrative
- Chapter 2 Supply-Chain Tourist; or, How Globalization Has Transformed the Labor Question
- Chapter 3 Historians as Public Intellectuals
- Part II Capital, Labor, and the State
- Chapter 4 Tribunes of the Shareholder Class
- Chapter 5 “The Man in the Middle”
- Chapter 6 From Corporatism to Collective Bargaining
- Chapter 7 Communism On the Shop Floor and Off
- Part III The Rights Revolution
- Chapter 8 Opportunities Found and Lost
- Chapter 9 The Lost Promise of the Long Civil Rights Movement
- Chapter 10 A New Era of Global Human Rights
- Part IV The Specter on the Right
- Chapter 11 The United States in the Great Depression
- Chapter 12 Market Triumphalism and the Wishful Liberals
- Chapter 13 Did 1968 Change History?
- Chapter 14 Bashing Public Employees and Their Unions
- Part V Intellectuals and Their Ideas
- Chapter 15 C. Wright Mills
- Chapter 16 Harvey Swados
- Chapter 17 B. J. Widick
- Chapter 18 Jay Lovestone
- Chapter 19 Herbert Hill
- Chapter 20 Do Graduate Students Work?
- Chapter 21 Why American Unions Need Intellectuals
- The Working Class in American History
- Production Credits
B. J. Widick
B. J. Widick
- (p.230) Chapter 17 B. J. Widick
- A Contest of Ideas
- University of Illinois Press
This chapter presents a portrait of Branko J. Widick, who died on June 28, 2008, at the age of ninety-seven. He was not a well-known figure in the annals of American labor and its committed partisans. However, he deserves much recognition and admiration because Widick was not only an activist at the very epicenter of the great strikes that launched the industrial unions in the 1930s, but he also remained a radical and an acutely honest observer throughout those postwar decades when the great organizations he had helped to build entered an era of stagnation and decline. Widick was among those men of the left, including the influential group who were influenced by Shachtman's “third camp” socialism, for whom the post-World War II United Auto Workers (UAW) became the institution into which they poured their passion, intellect, and organizational energies.
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