Brown-Lung Cotton-Mill Blues  

Setting on my front porch swing I’m like a man forgotten Head all filled up with angry thoughts And lungs filled up with cotton Fourteen years ago, the Textile Workers Union began their campaign to organize J. P. Stevens, the …



Politics of Schools  

The Great School Wars: New York City, 1805-1973, by Diane Ravitch. New York: Basic Books. 449 pp. The importance of Diane Ravitch’s The Great School Wars is, I think, best illustrated by turning for a moment to Christopher Jencks’s assessment …



The Farm Workers Fight It Out  

The Teamster actions are disgraceful. They are clearly union-busting. They are engaged in a concerted campaign to wipe out the United Farm Workers. —George Meany Ever since 1968, Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers have had two principal opponents: the growers …