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Sticking to the Union free pdf Sandy Polishuk's Sticking to the Union is the best kind of oral history, bringing to life a person and an era quickly passing out of reach. A grassroots tour through twentieth-century radical history, western history, and women's history, it is supported by extensive research amplifying and at times challenging Julia Ruutilla's own reflections. The interplay between the voices of the older and the younger woman is one of the most satisfying features of the book. -- Elinor Langer, Author of "A Hundred Little Hitlers"
Sandy Polishuk offers two gifts-the biography of a fierce local activist, whose life bears witness to the fact that ordinary people can effect social justice, and a scholar's journey into the complicated workings of memory. "Sticking to the Union" is a fabulous oral history, Julia Ruuttila a compelling subject, and Sandy Polishuk, a thoughtful scholar who allows Ruuttila's voice to drive the narrative, but who also probes the intersections of ego and memory to present the many truths of Ruuttila's life story.-- Mary Murphy, History Department, Montana State University
This is a gem. Julia Ruuttila gives an imaginative, vivid account of herhard times and struggles as a labor radical, feminist, anti-racist, and internationalist peace advocate in the Pacific Northwest. Sandy Polishuk sets Julia's "lessons of life" into a clear historical context, and helps us see how her life is imagined as well as lived. Together, they show how an ordinary person can live an extraordinary life by fighting for a better world. - Michael Honey, Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies, University of Washington
Sandy Polishuk deftly explores the challenges of history and memory in thisfascinating oral history biography of Julia Ruuttila: consummate union, civil rights, and peace activist of the Pacific Northwest. Although haunted by failed relationships, poverty, McCarthyite persecution, and a frustrated writing career, Ruuttila embraced every waking moment of her eighty-four years to struggle for social and economic justice. The story of this extraordinary woman should inspire a new generation of activists. -- Laurie Mercier, author of Anaconda: Labor, Community, and Culture in Montana's Smelter City (Univ. Illinois, 2001) and Associate Professor of History, Washington State University Vancouver.

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Author : Sandy Polishuk
Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan
Data Published : 01 November 2003
ISBN : 1403962405
EAN : 9781403962409
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 273 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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