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

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

by Paul Le Blanc, Paul Leblanc
     
 

Paul Le Blanc blends economic, social, intellectual, cultural, and political history into a narrative that includes the views of key figures of U.S. labor. His broad analytical framework highlights issues of class, gender, race, and ethnicity. A bibliographical essay directs readers to classic works and cutting-edge scholarship in the field of U.S. labor history as… See more details below

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Paul Le Blanc blends economic, social, intellectual, cultural, and political history into a narrative that includes the views of key figures of U.S. labor. His broad analytical framework highlights issues of class, gender, race, and ethnicity. 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, films, and videos. The glossary offers definitions and thought-provoking mini-essays for almost two hundred terms from the most basic to the most complex and technical. Illustrations throughout by labor muralist Mike Alewitz provide an imaginative counterpoint to the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573926652
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Series:
Revolutionary Studies Series
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.80(d)

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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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