Ten Strikes, One Evening: Discussion with Erik Loomis

February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St
St Paul, MN 55106

The Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) are proud, honored, and ecstatic to invite you to an evening with Erik Loomis, labor historian and author of his latest book, “A History of America in Ten Strikes,” on Thursday, February 21 from 7 PM to 9 PM.

“A History of America in Ten Strikes” is a concise, insightful portrait of America through its labor movements and union organizing – the good, the bad, the racist – set against important political, social and cultural contexts at the time (ie. the general strikes by slaves during the Civil War). Because labor history is US history, Loomis not only weaves in dozens of other labor actions throughout the book, but also skillfully illustrates the issues that have plagued labor in US society. Loomis calls out the xenophobic, racist and sexist sentiments that have hindered the success of worker power, while also showcases the solidarity that has united labor movements in spite of it. Today, these lessons are invaluable to the preservation of grassroots organizing.


Erik Loomis is Associate Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island. He specializes in the labor and environmental history of the United States, the history of capitalism and global trade regimes, and the American West. He is the author of Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe (The New Press, 2015). He is researching a book on the transformation of the Pacific Northwest over the past half-century, a book on the connections between the labor and environmental movements between the 1920s and 1960s, and a book on the global history of forests and the people who live, work, and play in them.

Hosts: Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America (TCDSA) & East Side Freedom Library (ESFL).

Co-Sponsored by SEIU Healthcare MN, MAPE, IBEW 292, and U of M Labor Education Service

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