Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics

Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics

An indispensable window into the changing shape of the American working class and American politics

Thirteen months after Trump allegedly captured the allegiance of “the white working class,” a strike wave — the first in over four decades — rocked the United States. Inspired by the wildcat victory in West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, and across the country walked off their jobs and shut down their schools to demand better pay for educators, more funding for students, and an end to years of austerity.

Confounding all expectations, these working-class rebellions erupted in regions with Republican electorates, weak unions, and bans on public sector strikes. By mobilizing to take their destinies into their own hands, red state school workers posed a clear alternative to politics-as-usual. And with similar actions now gaining steam in Los Angeles, Oakland, Denver, and Virginia, there is no sign that this upsurge will be short-lived.

Red State Revolt is a compelling analysis of the emergence and development of this historic strike wave, with an eye to extracting its main strategic lessons for educators, labor organizer, and radicals across the country. A former high school teacher and longtime activist, Eric Blanc embedded himself into the rank-and-file leaderships of the walkouts, where he was given access to internal organizing meetings and secret Facebook groups inaccessible to most journalists. The result is one of the richest portraits of the labor movement to date, a story populated with the voices of school workers who are winning the fight for the soul of public education — and redrawing the political map of the country at large.

Title:Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics
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  • Michael

    Succinct and piercing, Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics charts the resurgence of organized labor in deeply conservative territory. In precise prose author Eric ...

  • Evan

    What happens when you organize and stand up and stand tall, instead of taking it up the ass over and over and rolling over and compromising with neocon con artists and compliant Democratic Party and l...

  • Micah

    I really cannot recommend this book enough....

  • Alison Canaras

    Read this at the beginning of quarantine and it’s one of the few books that has ever really made me ugly cry! Really great personal narratives, community context, and explanation of labor laws & whe...

  • Griffin

    Must read for all teachers. Does an excellent job illustrating how working conditions and rights of the public is a post-partisan issue. ...

  • Mrtfalls

    Red State Revolt - reviewDespite 2018 being yet another year of conservative backlash globally, the teachers strikes in so-called “red states” showed that organising and winning big against even c...

  • Sarah

    “The Koch Brothers are right to be worried.” The last line of this book is a big one - and one that’s incredibly accurate, if Eric Blanc is right about the potential for growing labor movements ...

  • Asher Baumrin

    A hopeful study for a bleak time showing how rank and file public employees defeated intransigent archconservatives in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona....

  • Jake Jackson

    Can't recommend Red State Revolt enough. Eric Blanc's insights into the rank-and-file movement that created a significant upsurge in teachers strikes in 2018 are valuable for any radical who wants to ...

  • Kayli Brooks

    Eric Blanc, a former educator and current writer for Jacobin magazine, spent time in WV, OK, and AZ - "red states - during their teacher strikes in the spring of 2018. In this book, he shares his obse...