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Graphic history reaches new audiences

July 1, 2014

A book review for Labor Studies Journal

Graphic History Collective, May Day: A Graphic History of Protest (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2012), 32 pages (paper), no price given.

One of the many often unfulfilled goals of the modern trade union movement has been to find ways to reach out to young people in hopes of replenishing the diminishing ranks of an institution under steady attack. In hopes of resuscitating its role in sustaining industrial democracy, labour has appealed to youth through popular music videos, theatre, board games and the occasional network television show. Sadly, union membership continues to decline in the United States begging the question: how do we make them appeal to a generation inundated by negative media reports, right-wing attempts to undermine workers’ rights, and the long cultivated attitude that unions have outlived their usefulness?

Graphic novel – book review

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