Strikes to the Beat of Drums: Black Power in the American “1968”


  • Nico Pizzolato Middlesex University



Detroit, Black Power, 1968, Strike, Liberalism


The end of the Sixties is considered a turning point in the long-term decline of the political project of American liberalism. That historical moment heralded the transition towards a conservative hegemony and, a decade later, to the affirmation of the neoliberal political economy that has characterised the United States for the last thirty years – even among the different political shades of the Administrations. However, analyzing this process from the vantage point of the “1968” in Detroit complicates a linear narrative of liberalism decline. This article discusses the urban riots, the workers strikes and the emergence and demise of Black Power during Detroit’s “revolutionary moment”, casting them against a wider background and a long-term historical perspective.



How to Cite

Pizzolato, N. (2018). Strikes to the Beat of Drums: Black Power in the American “1968”. Scienza & Politica. Per Una Storia Delle Dottrine, 30(59).



Under the Sign of 1968 (edited by Sandro Mezzadra e Maurizio Ricciardi)