From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States

From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States

by Priscilla Murolo, A. B. Chitty, Joe Sacco
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1565847768

ISBN-13: 9781565847767

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: New Press, The

A "marvelously informed, carefully-crafted, far-ranging history of working people" (Noam Chomsky).

Hailed in a starred Publishers Weekly review as a work of "impressive even-handedness and analytic acuity...that gracefully handles a broad range of subject matter," From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend is the first comprehensive look at American

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A "marvelously informed, carefully-crafted, far-ranging history of working people" (Noam Chomsky).

Hailed in a starred Publishers Weekly review as a work of "impressive even-handedness and analytic acuity...that gracefully handles a broad range of subject matter," From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend is the first comprehensive look at American history through the prism of working people. From indentured servants and slaves in the seventeenth-century Chesapeake to high-tech workers in contemporary Silicon Valley, the book "[puts] a human face on the people, places, events, and social conditions that have shaped the evolution of organized labor" (Library Journal).

From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend also "thoroughly includes the contributions of women, Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and minorities, and considers events often ignored in other histories," writes Booklist, which adds that "thirty pages of stirring drawings by 'comic journalist' Joe Sacco add an unusual dimension to the book."

Author Biography: Priscilla Murolo teaches American history and directs the M.A. program in Women's History at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Common Ground of Womanhood. A. B. Chitty works as a librarian systems officer at Queens College of the City of New York and is active in Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Murolo and Chitty live in Yonkers, New York. Comics journalist Joe Sacco is the author of Palestine, War Junkie, and Safe Area Gorazde.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565847767
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
1,046,700
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgmentsxi
List of Illustrationsxiv
List of Abbreviationsxv
Chapter 1—Labor in Colonial America: The Bound and the
Free1
Legacies of Conquest4
Indentured Labor in British Colonies6
Slavery9
Free Labor13
Unruly Labor16
Chapter 2—The American Revolution24
From Resistance to Independence25
The People's War and the Gentlemen's Republic31
Republican Legacies43
Chapter 3—Slavery and Freedom in the New Republic52
"If You Can't Fight, Kick"54
Wage Workers and Activism59
Solidarity and Fragmentation66
Westward Expansion and Irrepressible Conflict75
Chapter4—Civil War and Reconstruction85
The Civil War86
Southern Reconstruction and Counterrevolution92
Labor Movementsand Struggles97
Whose Government?104
Chapter 5—Labor Versus Monopoly in the Gilded Age110
Industrial Capitalism: Consolidation and Crisis113
The Working Classes116
The Knights of Labor121
The American Federation of Labor127
Populism and Racism134
Chapter 6—Labor and Empire138
Empire Abroad, Empire at Home138
The Labor Movement in the Progressive Era145
The Great War160
The War's Aftermath165
Chapter 7—America, Inc174
The Roaring Twenties175
The Labor Movement of the Twenties183
Early Years of the Great Depression186
Labor Rising189
Chapter 8—Labor on the March192
Grassroots Unionism194
The Rise of the CIO202
Whose America?215
Chapter 9—Hot War, Cold War221
America at War224
The Postwar World231
"Big Labor"240
Chapter 10—The Sixties246
In the Spirit Montgomery247
"Power to the People"252
The Sixties in the Workplace259
A House Divided270
Chapter 11—Hard Times276
Lean and Mean277
Race to the Bottom282
Fighting Back292
Chapter 12—Brave New World308
Making Change311
Steps Forward, Steps Back319
Turn of the Century328
Epilogue331
Suggested Reading333
Index345

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