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Teacher Strike!Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order$
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Jon Shelton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040870

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040870.001.0001

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Teacher Power, Black Power, and the fracturing of Labor Liberalism

Teacher Power, Black Power, and the fracturing of Labor Liberalism

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(p.56) Chapter 2 Teacher Power, Black Power, and the fracturing of Labor Liberalism
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Teacher Strike!
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Jon Shelton

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040870.003.0003

This chapter chronicles the growing conflict between the Black Power movement—an extension of the civil rights movement seeking the formation of black political and community institutions—and unionized public employees in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Beginning with the United Federation of Teachers strike in 1968 over community control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville (New York City), the chapter also shows how two teacher strikes in Newark (1970, 1971) drove apart the Black community and a majority white teacher union. A close examination of letters to the imprisoned President of the American Federation of Teachers shows that critics of both urban black populations and unionized teachers had begun to link the two groups together as “unproductive” threats to law and order and economic prosperity.

Keywords:   Black Power, teacher strike, teacher union, law and order, Newark, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, American Federation of Teachers, United Federation of Teachers

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