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A Negro on Trial for His Life: The Frame-Up of James Victory Exposed! Speech to Jury by Counsel for Defense
[Detroit]: Committee for Maurice Sugar for Judge of Recorder's Court, 1935. First Edition. Successful defense speech by labor attorney Maurice Sugar, best known for serving as General Counsel to the United Auto Workers Union, 1937-1946. In 1934, James Victory, an African-American WW1 veteran and car washer was accused of slashing...
[Item #29971]
Price: $250.00
 
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Race Riot
New York: The Dryden Press, 1943. First Edition. Analysis of the 1943 Detroit Race Riots, with detailed descriptions and chronology of events. The authors were both professors of Sociology at Wayne State University. Small octavo (21cm). Black cloth boards, lettered in white on spine; 143pp. Mild signs of use, still...
[Item #14795]
Price: $125.00
 
Race Riot. AFRICAN AMERICANS, DETROIT RACE RIOTS, Alfred McClung LEE, Norman Daymond HUMPHREY.
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Five original amateur black-and-white photographs of the so-called "Battle of Toledo," during the Toledo Auto-Lite Strike of 1934
1934. Rare vernacular views of one of the key disputes in American labor history. The Toledo Auto-Lite Strike (April-June, 1934) marked a key victory for the American Federation of Labor and led to widespread unionization in the auto industry. It was also one of the bloodiest labor diputes of the...
[Item #21736]
Price: $500.00
 
Five original amateur black-and-white photographs of the so-called "Battle of Toledo," during the Toledo Auto-Lite Strike of 1934. Anonymous photographer.
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Maurice Sugar: Law, Labor, and the Left in Detroit 1912-1950
Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1988. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; 334pp. Clean, tight and unmarked, about Fine, without jacket.
[Item #15939]
Price: $16.00
 
Maurice Sugar: Law, Labor, and the Left in Detroit 1912-1950. AUTO WORKERS, Christopher H. JOHNSON.
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Broadside - Vote Communist Against Hunger, Wage Cuts, Fascism & War!
Hamtramck, MI: [Michigan Communist Party], 1934. First Edition. Broadside announcing the 1934 Communist Party municipal ticket for the Detroit suburb of Hamtramck, Michigan. Includes a large central portrait of mayoral candidate George Kristalsky and smaller portraits of seven City Council candidates, which include one woman (Jennie Romaniuk) and one African-American...
[Item #14600]
Price: $200.00
 
Broadside - Vote Communist Against Hunger, Wage Cuts, Fascism & War! COMMUNISM - MICHIGAN.
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Muskegon Worker. Issued Monthly by the "Unemployed Council". Vol.1, No. 1 (April, 1932)
Muskegon, MI: Muskegon Unemployed Council, 1932. An unrecorded Michigan newspaper, produced (briefly, we assume) by the Muskegon Unemployed Council. In addition to exposing corruption and mismanagement within Muskegon's municipal government, the paper makes repeated invitations to unemployed workers to join the Communist Party and read the Daily Worker, suggesting the...
[Item #27027]
Price: $100.00
 
Muskegon Worker. Issued Monthly by the "Unemployed Council". Vol.1, No. 1 (April, 1932). COMMUNISM - MICHIGAN.
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Muskegon Worker. Issued Monthly by the "Unemployed Council". Vol.1, No. 1 and Vol.1, No. 2
Muskegon, MI: Muskegon Unemployed Council, 1932. An unrecorded Michigan newspaper, produced (briefly, we assume) by the Muskegon Unemployed Council. In addition to exposing corruption and mismanagement within Muskegon's municipal government, the paper makes repeated invitations to unemployed workers to join the Communist Party and read the Daily Worker, suggesting the...
[Item #27000]
Price: $200.00
 
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The Great Flint Sit-Down Strike Against G.M. 1936-37. How Industrial Unionism Was Won
Ann Arbor: Radical Education Project, 1967. Offprint. Quarto (11" x 8-1/2"). Staple-bound, mimeographed sheets; [34pp]. Light soil and wear; possibly lacking rear wrapper (but text complete, including references); Very Good. Reprints Linder's article which originally appeared in the journal Progressive Labor, Feb/Mar 1967.
[Item #16887]
Price: $15.00
 
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Sonnets of Love and Liberty (Inscribed to Bob Travis)
New York: Blue Heron Press, 1955. First Edition. Octavo. Brown cloth; dustjacket; 63pp. Tiny scuff to base of front board; spine ends lightly rubbed; a tight, Near Fine copy in the original Rockwell Kent dustwrapper, toned on spine and with a few nicks to extremities; Very Good. Prospectus laid in...
[Item #30817]
Price: $75.00
 
Sonnets of Love and Liberty (Inscribed to Bob Travis). Walter LOWENFELS.
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F.O.B. Detroit
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1938. First Edition. A worker's life and hard times in the Detroit auto industry, written by a one-time Ford employee. The inscribee, Paul Jordan-Smith (1885-1971), was a California journalist and editor who achieved notoriety in 1931 as the founder of the so-called "Disumbrationist School of...
[Item #14416]
Price: $200.00
 
F.O.B. Detroit. RADICAL FICTION, DETROIT, Wessel SMITTER.
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The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America
Pasadena, CA: Published by the Author, [1937]. First Edition. Small octavo (19cm.); original green printed staplebound wrappers; [2],119pp.; text in double column. Spine cocked, wrapper rectos fading and extremities foxed and a bit worn; contemporary ownership signature at head of title page. About Very Good. Fictional account of the rise...
[Item #26780]
Price: $50.00
 
The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America. Upton SINCLAIR.
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On the Line
Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press Book / Little, Brown and Company, [1957]. First Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original two-toned (yellow and grey) simulated cloth in blue, white, and grey decorative dust jacket; [6],233pp. Jacket extremities a bit rubbed with a few short closed tears and chipping, some foxing along folds, else Very...
[Item #29933]
Price: $30.00
 
On the Line. Harvey SWADOS.
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Greve Sauvage: Dodge Truck June 1974
Paris: Echanges et Mouvement, 1977. First Edition. Quarto. Mimeographed wrappers; 32p; illus. Light wear; Near Fine. Analysis of the 1972 Wildcat Strike at Chrysler's Warren Truck Plant; well-illustrated with (mimeographed) photographs by Millard Berry. Uncommon early issue of "Echange," the organ of the French leftist network "Echange et Mouvement," which...
[Item #12893]
Price: $85.00
 
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Second Generation
London: Chatto and Windus, 1964. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 347pp. Tight, Near Fine, unmarked copy in the original unclipped dustwrapper by Ionicus, just lightly toned at extremities, Near Fine. Unusually attractive copy of Williams's second novel, set among Welsh workers in a British car factory. The second volume...
[Item #27113]
Price: $60.00