1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg Strike

Category: Book
By (author): Graphic History Collective
By (author): Lester, David
Subject:  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / General
  HISTORY / Social History
  WEIRD / Graphic Novels
Publisher: Between the Lines
Published: January 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 8.00in x 11.00in x 0.00in
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From The Publisher*In May and June 1919, more than 30,000 workers walked off the job in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They struck for a variety of reasons?higher wages, collective bargaining rights, and more power for working people. The strikers made national and international headlines, and they inspired workers to mount sympathy strikes in many other Canadian cities. Although the strike lasted for six weeks, it ultimately ended in defeat. The strike was violently crushed by police, in collusion with state officials and Winnipeg?s business elites.

One hundred years later, the Winnipeg General Strike remains one of the most significant events in Canadian history. This comic book revisits the strike to introduce new generations to its many lessons, including the power of class struggle and solidarity and the brutal tactics that governments and bosses use to crush workers? movements. The Winnipeg General Strike is a stark reminder that the working class and the employing class have nothing in common, and the state is not afraid to bloody its hands to protect the interests of capital. In response, working people must rely on each other and work together to create a new, more just world in the shell of the old.
Review Quote*"This brilliant account of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike is as sharply analytic and richly researched as it is vividly and movingly illustrated. 1919 captures the greatest event in Canadian labour history better than anything else I have ever seen." ? Leo Panitch, editor of the Socialist Register
Biographical NoteThe Graphic History Collective is made up of activists, artists, writers, and researchers passionate about comics, history, and social change. They produce alternative histories?people?s histories?in an accessible format to help people understand the historical roots of contemporary social issues. The Graphic History Collective is made up of activists, artists, writers, and researchers passionate about comics, history, and social change. They produce alternative histories?people?s histories?in an accessible format to help people understand the historical roots of contemporary social issues. David Lester is an artist, writer, illustrator, author of the graphic novel The Listener, guitarist for Mecca Normal, as well as the creator of many other politically-engaged art projects.