Democratic Miners: Work and Labor Relations in the Anthracite Coal Industry, 1875-1925

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Democratic Miners traces the history of work and labor relations in the anthracite coal industry, focusing on conditions that led up to, and followed, the famous strike of 1902. That strike, an epic five-and-a-half month struggle, led the federal government to intervene in a labor dispute for the first time in American history. Focusing on the workplace, Blatz puts the 1902 strike in the context of a turbulent half-century of labor-management relations. Those years saw the unionization of the anthracite fields ...
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Overview

Democratic Miners traces the history of work and labor relations in the anthracite coal industry, focusing on conditions that led up to, and followed, the famous strike of 1902. That strike, an epic five-and-a-half month struggle, led the federal government to intervene in a labor dispute for the first time in American history. Focusing on the workplace, Blatz puts the 1902 strike in the context of a turbulent half-century of labor-management relations. Those years saw the unionization of the anthracite fields under the United Mine Workers of America, amidst an evolving democratic tradition of rank-and-file protest against corporate control, and ironically ended with a growing rift between miners and union leadership. Unlike many books on labor relations, this work concentrates especially on the workers themselves. Working-class as opposed to union history, it contributes greatly to our understanding of working-class formation in the Progressive years.
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Traces the history of work and labor relations in the anthracite coal industry, focusing on conditions surrounding the strike of 1902, the first instance of the federal government's intervention in a labor dispute. Covers unionization under the United Mine Workers of America, the evolving democratic tradition of rank-and-file protest against corporate control, and the growing rift between miners and union leadership, with emphasis on the workers themselves. Includes b&w photos. Paper edition unseen, $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791418208
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Series: SUNY series in American Labor History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface

INTRODUCTION

1. CAPRICIOUSNESS AND COMPLEXITY: THE INSECURITY OF ANTHRACITE MINE WORKERS

2. THE FAILURE OF LABOR ORGANIZATION, 1875–1897

3. MILITANCY AND OPPORTUNITY, 1897–1899

4. "ONWARD MARCH": THE STRIKE OF 1900

5. CRISIS OF AUTHORITY

6. THE STRIKE OF 1902

7. THE ANTHRACITE COAL STRIKE COMMISSION

8. TWILIGHT BARGAINING: 1903–1906

9. DEMORALIZATION AND REBIRTH, 1906–1916

10. INSURGENCY AND DEMOCRACY, 1917–1925

EPILOGUE

NOTES

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

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