A Short History of the U. S. Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

A Short History of the U. S. Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

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by Paul Le Blanc
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573926647

ISBN-13: 9781573926645

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Noting that standard accounts of U.S. history often pay little attention to the working class, labor historian Paul Le Blanc presents a colorful, fact-filled history that concentrates on the struggles and achievements of that often neglected laboring majority. In a blend of economic, social, and political history, Le Blanc shows how important labor issues have been

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Noting that standard accounts of U.S. history often pay little attention to the working class, labor historian Paul Le Blanc presents a colorful, fact-filled history that concentrates on the struggles and achievements of that often neglected laboring majority. In a blend of economic, social, and political history, Le Blanc shows how important labor issues have been and continue to be in the forging of our nation's history. Within a broad analytical framework he highlights issues of class, gender, race, and ethnicity, and includes the views of key figures of U.S. labor—Cesar Chavez, Eugene V. Debs, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Samuel Gompers, Woody Guthrie, "Big Bill" Haywood, Langston Hughes, "Mother" Mary Jones, Martin Luther King Jr., George Meany, A. Philip Randolph, and Carl Sandburg, among others.

In addition to the main narrative, a bibliographical essay directs readers to classic works and cutting-edge scholarship in the field of U.S. labor history as well as to relevant fiction, poetry, and films for further exploration or study. The book's substantial glossary offers clear definitions and thought-provoking mini-essays for almost 200 terms, from the most basic to the most complex and technical.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573926645
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Revolutionary Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,387,981
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Preface9
Carl Sandburg's "The People, Yes" (excerpt)13
Introduction: Explaining the Title of This Book15
1Origins19
2The First American Revolution23
3Industrial Revolution29
4Slave Labor, Free Labor34
5The Second American Revolution38
6"Gilded Age"43
7Rainbow Working Class55
8Progressive Era61
9Corruption73
10Hardship and Resurgence79
11The Second World War and Its Aftermath93
12Cold War and Social Compact98
13American Dream107
14Unfinished Business112
15Rude Awakenings120
16Where To, What Next?126
Bibliographical Essay: Scholarly, Documentary, and Artistic Sources135
Glossary159
Timeline of U.S. History179
U.S. Labor History Chronology181
Index193

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A Short History of the U. S. Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
educate_the_mind More than 1 year ago
This is a concise work in which Le Blanc brings forward the great truth of the American labor history; mind you, it is a harsh reality that we should all learn and appriciate for its perceverance.