Labor: The New Militancy

In Des Moines, a strike by municipal employees filled the city with the stench of uncollected garbage and untended sewers. In New York, Detroit and other scattered spots around the nation, teachers picketed their own schools, forcing hundreds of thousands of children to play hooky (see EDUCATION). Forty-two thousand copper workers in half a dozen states stayed off the job for the ninth week, while a violent walkout of steel truckers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana interrupted vital steel shipments.

The vast River Rouge complex outside Detroit was eerily still in what...

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