"An engaging and revealing story about the 'making' of one of our country's most democratic and progressive unions - a story of the past that speaks powerfully to the challenges facing labor today."
-Howard Kimeldorf, University of Michigan
"The book is accessible and would be excellent for classroom use. The rich narratives of waterfront work, democratic unionism, and interracial organization in Solidarity Stories will make the book interesting to a wide range of readers."
"An accessible and engaging account of one of the most progressive and democratic unions in the American labour movement and the men and women who worked along the North American west coast and in Hawaii throughout much of the twentieth century."
"Frst person narratives that are sometimes enlightening, often inspiring, and always genuine."
-Labor Studies Journal
"What emerges most clearly is the loyalty and pride of ILWU members and the enormous impact the union had on the lives of American workers-in wages and pensions, yes, but also by giving workers a voice in their workplaces and a sense of dignity, power, and respect."
-The Western History Quarterly
"...this is a study that encapsulates organizational endeavor, the day-to-day humiliations that provided a fertile soil for organization, and how the union stood tall for racial integration and fairness. Above all, it is a story of success, a success that can be measured by what happens to longshoremen after they retire."
-International Journal of Maritime History
"In showcasing these personal historical vignettes, Schwartz reinforces how oral history can be used to enrich traditional historical scholarship and highlights another way in which Solidarity Stories is a useful resource for public historians."
-The Public Historian
"This book is a welcome addition to the labor history of the West."
-Oregon Historical Quarterly
"What does labor solidarity mean? This book tells us. These oral histories are a great starting point for anyone trying to understand how unions, when inspired and led by working people themselves, can help to improve the human condition."
-Michael Honey, Tacoma News-Tribune
"Solidarity Stories is a remarkable achievement. Workers give gripping testimony about the conditions they hoped to change, and explain how they did it. We hear how the union was organized and how it functioned, from those who built it. We see the crucial role strikes and democracy played in that process. And Schwartz is unafraid to look at the politics of the union's leaders, including activists and black workers fighting racism."
"Those seeking first-person accounts of key people and incidents in the organization's making will be delighted by the vivid recollections it collects."
-Oregon Historical Quarterly
"There appear to be three overarching themes in the oral history testamony: first, the union's long record of success in winning good wages, benefits, and job security for its membership; second, the left-wing politics of many of the union's leaders; and finally, a strong and consistent commitment to racial equality. . . . What gives the book its undeniable power is the colloquial eloquence of the rank-and-file voices that fill its pages."
-Bruce Nelson, Labour/Le Travail