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Banded together; economic democratization in the Brass Valley.


Banded together; economic democratization in the Brass Valley.

Brecher, Jeremy.

U. of Illinois Press


251 pages



The working class in American history


Labor historian and activist Brecher explores how working class communities of Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley region responded to the mass closing of factories in the 1970s and 1980s by trying to create democratic alternatives to economic powerlessness through such initiatives as buying and running a failing brass mill; organizing housing cooperatives; and organizing to address the myriad problems of health, education, transportation, and more that accompanied the devastation of the economy. In particular, he focuses on the grassroots work of the Naugatuck Valley Project community alliance.

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