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Teacher Strike!: Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order

Jon Shelton


Historians have sought for some time to understand why the labor-liberal coalition’s political influence declined and how the right instituted a conservative revolution in the 1970s and 80s in the US. Teacher Strike! shows that conflict over urban education was fundamental in this story. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of teachers went on strike in virtually every corner of the US in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and in many cases, for weeks or even months at a time. The many contentious and lengthy teacher union walkouts during this era made manifest three interlocking limitations to postwar liberal ... More

Keywords: Teachers, teacher unions, labor liberalism, neoliberalism, teacher strike, unions, American Federation of Teachers, public education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040870
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Shelton, author
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay