Edited by Elizabeth Catte, Emily Hilliard, and Jessica Salfia
In February 2018, West Virginia public school teachers had had enough. With some of the lowest salaries in the country and facing drastic cuts to benefits, they walked out. The strike, which lasted thirteen days, the longest in state history, resulted in a legislative victory and has inspired educators across the country to organize for better working conditions.
55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike documents this historic movement and offers unique, on-the-ground insights. Included are essays by teachers sharing their experiences before, during, and after the strike, interviews with allies protesting at the capitol, images from rallies, and a conclusion reflecting on the strike in the context of West Virginia’s labor history by Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.
Edited by Jessica Salfia, a West Virginia public school teacher, Emily Hilliard, a West Virginia-based folklorist, and Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.
Help teachers receive a free copy by ordering an extra copy that we will send to a teacher, or adding in a T-shirt of the front cover (we will follow up to confirm size -- currently available in M, L & XL) that will help subsidize additional copies for teachers. All West Virginia teachers will also be able to purchase the book at cost upon publication.
In addition, 10% of proceeds from this book will be donated to West Virginia DonorsChoose projects.
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