312 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 halftones, 6 figs., 1 table, appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3207-0
Published: September 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3208-7
Published: August 2017
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Awards & distinctions
2018 David Montgomery Award, Organization of American Historians
Recounting how employees attempted to unionize against overwhelming odds, Knocking on Labor's Door dramatically refashions the narrative of working-class struggle during a crucial decade and shakes up current debates about labor's future. Windham's story inspires both hope and indignation, and will become a must-read in labor, civil rights, and women’s history.
About the Author
Lane Windham is Associate Director of Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor and co-director of WILL Empower (Women Innovating Labor Leadership).
For more information about Lane Windham, visit the Author Page.
"Windham is one of those rare academics who has worked professionally as an organizer, and the intellectual advantage that this experience has provided is hard to overstate."--Gabriel Winant, The Nation
“The book marks yet another superb monograph from a fresh cohort of labor historians who challenge pessimistic narratives of organized labor’s decline with inspiring studies of a diverse array of workers.”--The Journal of Southern History
“Lane Windham takes a fresh look at a phenomenon that many of us thought we understood--the decline of U.S. trade unionism. With meticulous research and graceful prose, she challenges our outworn preconceptions. Her narrative of labor's recent past deepens our understanding of its present challenges and helps us imagine its future. Rarely have I felt as great an urge to stand up and cheer when reading a work of history as I did while reading this one.”--Joseph A. McCartin, author of Collision Course
“Anyone who cares about work and workers in today’s America should read this book. Overturning myths that are widely believed, Windham arouses both hope and outrage as she makes fresh sense of the staggering rise of inequality since the 1970s.”--Nancy MacLean, author of Freedom Is Not Enough
“This is labor history at its sharp and sparkling best. Windham puts working people on center stage as she resurrects the hard-fought organizing battles of the 1970s. If you want new insight into the origins of unions’ present dilemma and their future, read Knocking on Labor’s Door.”--John Sweeney, President Emeritus, AFL-CIO
“Knocking on Labor’s Door challenges most of what we know about the decline of unions and its consequences. Most importantly, the book leads us to reconsider possibilities for the revival of unions. At a time of renewed concern about economic inequality and the plight of the working class, this is required reading.”--William P. Jones, author of The March on Washington