- Series: South End Press Classics Series (Book 2)
- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: South End Press; Revised edition (July 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0896085716
- ISBN-13: 978-0896085718
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution (Updated Edition) (South End Press Classics Series) Revised Edition
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Things have changed, but this book does well to humanize and contextualize the organizing efforts of those involved in the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) and affiliated organizations during that time. This isn't just a trip down nostalgia lane. Figures such as General Baker, Ken Cockrel, and Mike Hamlin are shown to be complete human beings, with flaws, but with remarkable talent as well, and the strategies they employed are discussed and elaborated to make for a compelling read. Another key to this book's brilliance is the explanation of the dynamic between the traditional bureaucratic, reformist (and somewhat racist) union, the United Auto Workers (UAW), and the League with it's revolutionary black politics. It's partially a study in co-optation - at one point the UAW physically prevents a strike from taking place, and forces workers back to work! Amazing stuff.
The book is not perfect - for example it contains a rather long commentary from a white worker/organizer at one of the plants which is not matched by commentaries from the black organizers who organized ELRUM at that plant. Another drawback is the seemingly sectarian approach the authors take towards certain movement actors, such as James Forman.Read more ›
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The League of Revolutionary Black Workers, Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, and the rest of the "RUM"s in the Detroit area are all examples of the radical, black, socialist... Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by Michael A. Mccarthy