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Overview

The Human Tradition in American Labor History is a comprehensive exploration of the American working class from the colonial period to the present. In marked contrast to most academic treatments of American labor, this book presents history through mini-biographical portraits of a diverse selection of workers. Focusing on the contributions of women and minorities and using the racial and ethnic diversity of America's working people as its starting point, The Human Tradition in American Labor History features the most up-to-date research into the experiences of American workers and labor activists in the broadest range of occupations and sectors of the economy.

This book encompasses all aspects of American labor history and reveals the diversity of movements for social change, including unionism, labor politics, and race relations. Students will discover the wide spectrum of people who made labor history. These chronological biographies show how these individuals were instrumental in shaping American labor over the last 250 years.

By giving a new and personal perspective to this topic, The Human Tradition in American Labor History will stimulate as well as educate students in American labor history, and American social history.

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What People Are Saying

Michael Honey
This book is a gem accessible to all readers, presenting a diverse array of personalities and histories, with solid writing by accomplished scholars. (Harry Bridges Endowed Chair of Labor Studies, University of Washington and Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma)
Thomas J. Sugrue
This important collection belongs on every labor historian's bookshelf. (Bicentennial Class of 1940, Professor of History and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842029865
  • Publisher: Scholarly Resources, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Human Tradition in America Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Arnesen is professor of history and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is also chair of the Department of History.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Mary Hale and Ann Edmonds: Gender, Women's Work, and Health in Colonial Massachusetts Chapter 3 Gabriel's Conspiracy: The Lives of Enslaved Artisans in Richmond, Virginia Chapter 4 Sarah Bagley: Laboring for Life Chapter 5 Beeswax Taylor: The Forgotten Legacy of Labor Insurgency in Gilded Age America Chapter 6 William R. Riley: Limits of Interracial Unionism in the Late-Nineteenth-Century South Chapter 7 Eugene V. Debs: From Conservative Unionist to American Socialist Chapter 8 Pauline Newman: Immigration, Jewish Radicalism, and Gender Chapter 9 Karl Yoneda: Radical Organizing and Asian American Labor Chapter 10 James Evans: Religion and Working-Class Protest in the New South Chapter 11 A. Philip Randolph: Labor and the New Black Politics Chapter 12 Vernon Lawhorn, Thomas James Buchner, and the Green Brothers: Reverse Migration in World War II Chapter 13 Dolores Huerta: The United Farm Workers Union Chapter 14 Walter Reuther: The Promise of Modern America Chapter 15 Index

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