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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.
|Carl Sandburg's "The People, Yes" (excerpt)||13|
|Introduction: Explaining the Title of This Book||15|
|2||The First American Revolution||23|
|4||Slave Labor, Free Labor||34|
|5||The Second American Revolution||38|
|7||Rainbow Working Class||55|
|10||Hardship and Resurgence||79|
|11||The Second World War and Its Aftermath||93|
|12||Cold War and Social Compact||98|
|16||Where To, What Next?||126|
|Bibliographical Essay: Scholarly, Documentary, and Artistic Sources||135|
|Timeline of U.S. History||179|
|U.S. Labor History Chronology||181|
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.