Divided Loyalties: The Public and Private Life of Labor Leader John Mitchell

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John Mitchell was a contradictory figure, representing the best and worst labor leadership had to offer at the turn of the century. Articulate, intelligent, and a skillful negotiator, Mitchell made effective use of the press and political opportunities as well as the muscle of his union. He was also manipulative, calculating, tremendously ambitious, and prone to place more trust in the business community than in his own rank and file. Phelan relates Mitchell's life to many issues currently being debated by labor historians, such as organized labor's search for respectability, its development of a large bureaucracy, its ambiguous relationship to the state, and its suppression of worker input. In addition, he shows how Mitchell's life illuminates broad economic and political developments in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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Mitchell was a contradictory figure representing the best and worst of labor leadership at the turn of the century. Phelan history, King's College shows how Mitchell's life illuminates broad economic and political developments. He relates Mitchell's life to issues currently debated by labor historians, such as labor's search for respectability, the development of a large bureaucracy, its ambiguous relationship with the state, and the suppression of worker input. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Emergence of a Labor Leader, 1870-1898

2. The Boy President, 1899

3. The Anthracite Strike of 1900

4. Mitchell Enters the National Scene, 1901

5. The Great Strike of 1902

6. On the Witness Stand

7. A Year of Reckoning, 1904

8. Shattered Dreams of Cooperation, 1905-1906

9. Years of Personal Crisis, 1907-1908

10. Decline and Death, 1908-1919

Afterword

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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