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Author Brecher, Jeremy.
Title Banded together : economic democratization in the Brass Valley / Jeremy Brecher.
Imprint Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2011]

Author Brecher, Jeremy.
Series The working class in American history.
Working class in American history.
Subject Brass Workers History Project.
Social action -- Connecticut -- Naugatuck River Valley.
Deindustrialization -- Connecticut -- Naugatuck River Valley -- History.
Naugatuck River Valley (Conn.) -- Social conditions.
Naugatuck River Valley (Conn.) -- Economic conditions.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Roots of powerlessness in the Brass Valley -- Banded together -- Buyout -- Organizing -- Century brass -- The life and death of Seymour Specialty Wire -- Founding ValleyCare Cooperative -- Taking care of business -- The demise of ValleyCare -- Brookside Housing Cooperative -- Economic democratization from below -- Afterstories.
Note Description based on print version record.
Summary Annotation <div><p> </p><div>Providing incisive commentary on the historical and contemporary American working class experience,<i>Banded Together: Economic Democratization in the Brass Valley</i>documents a community's efforts to rebuild and revitalize itself in the aftermath of deindustrialization. Through powerful oral histories and other primary sources, Jeremy Brecher tells the story of a group of average Americans--factory workers, housewives, parishioners, and organizers--who tried to create a democratic alternative to the economic powerlessness caused by the closing of factories in the Connecticut Naugatuck Valley region during the 1970s and 1980s. This volume focuses on grassroots organization, democratically controlled enterprises, and supportive public policies, providing examples from the Naugatuck Valley Project community-alliance that remain relevant to the economic problems of today and tomorrow. Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with Project leaders, staff, and other knowledgeable members of the local community, Brecher illustrates how the Naugatuck Valley Project served as a vehicle for community members to establish greater control over their economic lives.</div></div>
ISBN 9780252036125 hardcover : alk. paper
0252036123 hardcover : alk. paper
9780252078064 pbk. : alk. paper
0252078063 pbk. : alk. paper
9780252093111 e-book
ISBN/ISSN 9786613070142
OCLC # 741558446
Additional Format Print version: Banded together 9780252036125 (hardcover : alk. paper) (DLC) 2010040244.

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