A friend and I have been in conversation about the books he should write now that he is retired from teaching. My suggestion: short case studies for classroom use about relatively successful social movements. I say relatively because historians know there are no permanent victories, only processes that sometimes lead to improved conditions while new problems emerge. Refinery Town is one such book, useful for a course on urban studies, leftist political movements, or the power of oil companies at the local level. It is also a fast and enjoyable read for anyone interested in learning about how an intrepid bunch of old lefties took over the reins of Richmond, California, and turned it into a progressive city alongside its famous neighbors, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, but with much less money or recognition. Journalist Steve Early demonstrates that the task...
Review Article| December 01 2017
Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City by Steve Early
Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, Early, Steve,
2016, ix + 244 pp., $36.99 (hardcover); $27.95 (paperback)
Labor (2017) 14 (4): 98–99.
Myrna Santiago; Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City by Steve Early. Labor 1 December 2017; 14 (4): 98–99. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15476715-4209472
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