This review was written for the New York Labor History Association. You can find the original post here.

Midnight in Vehicle City: A compellingly condensed history of the Flint sit-down strike

The 1936–37 autoworker strike in Flint, Michigan was a defining moment in U.S. history, the consequences of which extended far beyond the factory walls. In occupying that space for a few brief months, UAW strikers strategically and, at great risk to themselves and their families, sat down and stayed put. …


NOTE: I’m republishing this paper, which I wrote under the direction of the late Dr. Lois Gray — a trailblazer in her own right — as the last of many students of labor she mentored throughout her long life. I am proud to have been chosen by Dr. Gray and the Harry Van Arsdale Memorial Association/IBEW Local 3 to conduct this research as their Harry Van Arsdale Graduate Research Fellow. …

Kyle Friend

Unionist, N.Y. Labor History Association Board Member, and former journalist with the Ithaca Voice.

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