Labor Histories: Class, Politics, and the Working-Class Experience / Edition 1

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Michael Kazin
The best anthology of labor's past to be published in many years. These essays show, splendidly, that the history of working-class America must be pivotal to understanding the history of the United States as a whole. -- Author of Barons of Labor
Michael Kazin
The best anthology of labors past to be published in many years. These essays show, splendidly, that the history of working-class America must be pivotal to understanding the history of the United States as a whole. The collection is stuffed with ideas as well as information and happily marries political with social history. First-class scholarship—and a worthy tribute to David Montgomery, master artisan of the trade.
—(Michael Kazin, author of Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era)
Nelson Lichtenstein
David Montgomery has been the most important labor historian of our times, not only as a scholar but as a teacher and tribune whose defense of the democratic project stands at the center of his life and work. In this superb collection, thirteen of his students repay their mentor with sparkling essays that not only demonstrate the vast range of his influence but address the new political, cultural, and racial issues that define the axis upon which the study of labor history in the United States now turns.
—(Nelson Lichtenstein, author of Walter Ruther: The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252067105
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Working Class in American History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Politics and the State
1 Land and Freedom: The New York Anti-Rent Wars and the Construction of Free Labor in the Antebellum North 19
2 The "Fair Field" of the "Middle Ground": Abolitionism, Labor Reform, and the Making of an Antislavery Bloc in Antebellum Massachusetts 45
3 Dinner-Pail Politics: Employers, Workers, and Partisan Culture in the Progressive Era 71
4 Class Wars: Frank Walsh, the Reformers, and the Crisis of Progressivism 97
5 The Workers' State: Municipal Policy, Class, and Taxes in the Early Depression 125
Pt. 2 Class and Culture
6 "Work That Body": African-American Women, Work, and Leisure in Atlanta and the New South 153
7 Mobilizing Community: Migrant Workers and the Politics of Labor Mobility in the North American West, 1900-1920 175
8 Popular Narrative and Working-Class Identity: Alexander Irvine's Early Twentieth-Century Literary Adventures 201
9 Making a Church Home: African-American Migrants, Religion, and Working-Class Activism 230
Pt. 3 Labor Activism and Workers' Organizations
10 "To Sit among Men": Skill, Gender, and Craft Unionism in the Early American Federation of Labor 259
11 Charting an Independent Course: African-American Railroad Workers in the World War I Era 284
12 Boring from Within and Without: William Z. Foster, the Trade Union Educational League, and American Communism in the 1920s 309
13 The Dynamics of "Americanization": The Croatian Fraternal Union between the Wars, 1920s-30s 340
Contributors 363
Index 367
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