Against the Grain

The Seattle General Strike

While the United States is in the throes of upheaval over police murders, we take a historical look back at another time of great social ferment: a century ago, when the workers of Seattle shut that city down. The first major general strike in the United States coincided with the last widespread pandemic — the Spanish influenza. Historian Cal Winslow reflects on the Seattle general strike of 1919.


Cal Winslow, Radical Seattle: The General Strike of 1919 Monthly Review Press, 2020


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