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How Ronald Reagan Broke the Air Traffic Controllers Union--And Why That Fight Still Matters

The PATCO strike has become the pivotal event in almost everyone’s understanding of the massive realignment of class power in the United States in the last few decades.

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Jefferson Cowie is the author of Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class (The New Press), which received the Francis Parkman Prize for 2011 from the Society of American Historians and the 2011 Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians. He teaches history at Cornell University

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