Item description for Strike Songs of the Depression (American Made Music) by Timothy P. Lynch...
The Depression brought unprecedented changes for American workers and organized labor. As the economy plummeted, employers cut wages and laid off workers, while simultaneously attempting to wrest more work from those who remained employed.
In mills, mines, and factories workers organized and resisted, striking for higher wages, improved working conditions, and the right to bargain collectively. As workers walked the picket line or sat down on the shop floor, they could be heard singing. This book examines the songs they sang at three different strikes: the Gastonia, North Carolina, textile mill strike (1929), Harlan County, Kentucky, coal mining strike (1931-32), and Flint, Michigan, automobile sit-down strike (1936-37).
Whether in the Carolina Piedmont, the Kentucky hills, or the streets of Michigan, the workers' songs were decidedly class-conscious. All show the workers' understanding of the necessity of solidarity and collective action.
In Flint the strikers sang:
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 25, 2001
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1934110361 ISBN13 9781934110362
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More About Timothy P. Lynch
Lynch is an associate professor of history at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Timothy P. Lynch currently resides in the state of Ohio.
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essential reading for labor music fans Aug 16, 2001
Lynch (College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH) does a nice job of describing the role songs played in three depression-era strikes (Gastonia, 1929; Harlan County, 1931-32; Flint, 1936-37). Readers unfamiliar with song writers such as Aunt Molly Jackson, Jim Garland, and Ella May will be delighted by Lynch's descriptions of them and their songs. Scholars will find new insights into the songs, and a lengthy bibliography. One of Lynch's principal points is that "unlike their husbands, brothers, and fathers, women lyricists drew an overt connection between the deprivation they saw their families experiencing and the fight for higher wages, improved working conditions, and collective bargaining rights." Lynch's prose sparkles, and this sets his book apart from so many others published by academic presses.