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Direct Action Gets the Goods

A Graphic History of the Strike in Canada

Graphic History Collective (Author); Gord Hill (Contributor); David Lester (Contributor)

  • Publisher: Between the Lines
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 64
  • Released: Feb 12, 2019
  • ISBN-13: 9781771134170


Art has always played a significant role in the history of the labor movement. Songs, stories, poems, pamphlets, and comics, have inspired workers to take action against greedy bosses and helped shape ideas of a more equal world. They also help fan the flames of discontent. Radical social change doesn't come without radical art. It would be impossible to think about labor unrest without its iconic songs like "Solidarity Forever" or its cartoons like Ernest Riebe's creation, Mr. Block.

In this vein, the Graphic History Collective has created an illustrated chronicle of the strike—the organized withdrawal of labor power—in Canada. For centuries, workers in Canada—Indigenous and non-Indigenous, union and non-union, men and women—have used the strike as a powerful tool, not just for better wages, but also for growing working-class power. This lively comic book will inspire new generations to learn more about labor and working-class history and the power of solidarity.

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