The fight for a full employment bill forty years ago offers lessons for supporters of a job guarantee today.
David Stein is a lecturer in African-American studies and history at UCLA and author of the forthcoming book Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The Civil Rights Struggle for Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State, 1929–1986.
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