American Vanguard: The United Auto Workers During the Reuther Years, 1935-1970 (New edition)
By: John Barnard (author)Paperback
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The struggles and victories of the UAW form an important episode in the story of American democracy and economics. "American Vanguard" is the first and only history of the union available for both general and academic audiences. In this thorough and engaging narrative, John Barnard not only records the controversial issues tackled by the UAW, but also lends them immediacy through details about the workers and their environments, the leaders and the challenges that they faced outside and inside the organization, and the vision that guided many of these activists. Throughout, Barnard traces the UAW's two-fold goal: to create an industrial democracy in the workplace and to pursue a social-democratic agenda in the interest of the public at large. Barnard presents balanced interpretations grounded in evidence, while setting the UAW within the context of the history of the U.S. auto industry and national politics.
John Barnard is professor of history emeritus at Oakland University.
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