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Revolution in Seattle
A Memoir

The Seattle General Strike of 1919 was America’s first citywide labor stoppage, a defiant example of workers’ power in the aftermath of World War I. Told in gripping detail by one of the era’s great labor journalists, Revolution in Seattle captures the dramatic dynamics of workers organizing strike committees to take control of their city from below. Republished on the tenth anniversary of the 1999 “Battle in Seattle” against the World Trade Organization, Harvey O’Connor’s book offers lessons and inspiration to a new generation of rebels.

Harvey O’Connor was a seminal labor journalist and historian, whose work exposed the greed of the depression-era “robber barons” and labor struggles nationwide.