Arthur J. Goldberg: New Deal Liberal / Edition 1

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Overview

In a span of four eventful years, from 1961 to 1965, longtime union advocate and liberal stalwart Arthur J. Goldberg won appointments to three of our nation's highest government posts: Secretary of Labor, Supreme Court Justice, and U.S. Representative to the U.N. Here is the first biography of Arthur J. Goldberg, one that investigates this remarkable stretch in Goldberg's public career while offering a stimulating portrait of a man who rose from working-class roots to offices that helped define the shapes of postwar union expansion and liberal policy in the 1960s. Drawing upon a wide range of sources, ranging from sealed government papers to interviews the author conducted with Goldberg in the last nine years of his life, historian David Stebenne writes of Goldberg's youth as the son of a Chicago fruit peddler, his awakening to the pursuit of labor law, and his galvanizing role as legal counsel in the late 1930s newspaper guild strike against the Hearst Company, a triumph which brought him to the attention of the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Appointed general counsel of both the CIO and the United Steelworkers Union, Goldberg advised the merger that formed the mighty AFL-CIO, while leading the fight to expel the Brotherhood of Teamsters and championing the interests of American workers in Washington. At once the biography of a leading liberal and a study of liberalism since FDR, Arthur J. Goldberg: New Deal Liberal will interest anyone concerned with social reform, Supreme Court activism, and labor history in the postwar era.
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"Stebenne's diligently researched study is the best work to date on this prominent American public servant."—Choice

"An absorbing, scholarly biography of an undeservedly neglected legal thinker....An illuminating look at a fascinating figure in 20th-century politics."—Kirkus Reviews

"Former Labor Secretary Willard Wirtz described Arthur J. Goldberg as 'perpetual energy in constant motion leading to endless achievement.' This book provides an interesting, comprehensive account of that achievement—and far more. Professor Stebenne in writing of Justice Goldberg has given us the history of the American labor movement, from World War II through Viet Nam. He tells a fascinating story. His analysis illuminates contemporary political, as well as economic, circumstance. Those interested in American government, labor relations, or history, will find his book a valuable contribution."—Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, United States Supreme Court

"David Stebenne's study of Arthur Goldberg is both a superb biography of a major figure in the postwar labor world, and a challenging reinterpretation of modern American political economy. It is an important contribution to the burgeoning scholarship on recent American history."—Alan Brinkley, Columbia University

"A valuable source for students of labor history."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195071054
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.63 (d)

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