SPUR Lunchtime Forum: From class war to class coalition

"Labor strife and class conflict characterized much of San Francisco’s early history. But the post-war period saw the emergence of pro-growth coalitions of business, government and labor. William Issel, professor of history emeritus at San Francisco State University, discusses the emergence of growth liberalism in San Francisco."

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