Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

History

Date of Award

5-2012

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Emmett M. Essin III

Committee Members

Henry J. Antkiewicz, Dale J. Schmitt

Abstract

The subject of this thesis is the Sit-Down Strike in Flint, Michigan in 1936-1937. The main purpose is to examine the story of the strike as told by the strikers themselves, to explore the role that Communists played in the strike along with how the workers responded the Communism and other political ideologies of the day. The final chapter then examines the many anti-Communist forces that surrounded the autoworkers before, during, and after the Sit-Down Strike, which may account for the strikers' reluctance to admit their affiliation with the Communists.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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