Red State Revolt
The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics
New Books in American StudiesNew Books in Critical TheoryNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Political ScienceNew Books in PoliticsNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Sociology July 9, 2019 Heath Brown
Eric Blanc is the author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics (Verso, 2019). Blanc is a former teacher, journalist, and doctoral student in sociology at New York University. He has written for The Nation, The Guardian, and Jacobin magazine.
Red State Revolt explains the emergence and development of the historic wave of teacher strikes in Arizona, West Virginia, and Oklahoma. Blanc embedded himself into the organizations that helped plan the walkouts, gaining access to internal planning meetings and secret Facebook groups. The result is a rich portrait of the labor movement and contemporary political organizing.