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dc.contributor.authorAbraham, Judson Charlesen
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-21T07:00:29Zen
dc.date.available2016-12-21T07:00:29Zen
dc.date.issued2015-06-29en
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:5732en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/73768en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis deploys world-systems theory to analyze two series of mid-twentieth century wildcat strikes in the Appalachian coalfields: the Eastern Kentucky-based Roving Picket Movement of 1962-1963 and a separate set of unauthorized strikes throughout the region that lasted from 1974-1978, with a particular focus on the Gas Strike of 1974, the strikes surrounding the 1974 Kanawha Country book boycott, and the 1977-1978 contract strike. More specifically, I will examine the New Communist Movement's (NCM) role in these strikes, with special emphasis on the Maoist-inspired Progressive Labor (PL)'s participation in the 1962-1963 strikes and the role of the Miner's Right to Strike Committee (MRSC), a project of the Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party in the 1970s wildcats. I argue that PL and the MRSC's divergent experiences demonstrate the shift from the first to the second anti-systemic movement. PL's experience working with the strikers was more typical of the first anti-systemic movement; the MRSC's experience was more typical of the second anti-systemic movement. The two sets of NCM organizers' varying levels of success, different approaches to the New Social Movements, and different interactions with structural forces at play in the world-system all point to the shift in anti-systemic movements.en
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
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dc.subjectWorld-Systems Theoryen
dc.subjectAnti-Systemic Movementsen
dc.subjectInternal-Colonizationen
dc.subjectAppalachiaen
dc.subjectNew Communist Movementen
dc.subjectCoal Industryen
dc.titleMao in the Mines: An Anti-Systemic View of New Communist Movement Activity in the Appalachian Coalfields, 1962-1978en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen
dc.contributor.committeechairLuke, Timothy W.en
dc.contributor.committeememberWeisband, Edwarden
dc.contributor.committeememberNelson, Scott G.en


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