Against the Grain

Ben Fletcher and Militancy on the Docks

He’s one of the most important African American leaders you’ve probably never heard of: Ben Fletcher was a trailblazing anti-capitalist and labor leader, heading up the powerful multiracial Philadelphia-based dockworkers union, Local 8. Historian Peter Cole has made it his life’s work to unearth the contributions of Fletcher, who was jailed for his politics, and has left a legacy from which we can still learn.


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Peter Cole (ed.), Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly PM Press, 2021


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