First You Strike
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Very few persons succeed in being both manual workers and scholars. Marty Glaberman was both. As a young man, he dropped out of a masters’ degree program in Economics at Columbia University to become a “colonizer:” a radical doing industrial work. After twenty years as an autoworker in and around Detroit, he quit factory work and brought that experience to his distinguished political journalism, his teaching, and his work as a labor historian. He received a masters’ degree from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School. He taught at Wayne State University. Where George Rawick was a colleague and several of the men who formed the League of Revolutionary Black Workers were his students. In 1989, he retired from Wayne State University, continuing to teach part-time.