Labor in America: A History / Edition 7

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Carrying the narrative to the year 2003 in the new edition of his history of Labor, a revised version of a work first authored by Foster Rhea Dulles, Dubofsky (State U. of New York at Binghamton) traces the politics and economics of laborers and labor unions, beginning his narrative in colonial America. Among the topics explored are the role of workers in the American Revolution, the growth of labor unions, the impact of industrialism, the rise of a national labor union, the impact of the radical Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), the impact of the New Deal, and the decline of the unions in recent years. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882959986
  • Publisher: Harlan Davidson, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface IX
Preface to the Sixth Edition XI
1. Colonial America 1
Life and Labor in the Colonies 6
Workers, Politics and Revolution 15
2. The First Unions 20
Early Unions 23
Law vs. Labor 28
Growth of Labor Organization 30
3. The Workingmen's Parties 33
Leadership 37
Political Action 42
4. Labor Strength in the 1830s 49
Union Growth 50
A National Labor Movement? 54
An Urge to Strike 55
An Employer Counterattack 59
The National Trades Union 61
The Decline of Unionism 65
5. The Impact of Industrialism 67
Industrialism, Technological Change, and Reform 70
Rebuilding a Union Movement 80
6. Toward National Organization 87
The National Labor Union 92
The NLU and Social Reform 97
Depression and Union Decline 102
7. An Era Of Upheaval 104
Unrest and Conflict 105
The Great Railroad Strikes 108
The Haymarket Riot 112
8. The Rise and Decline of the Knights of Labor 116
Origins of the Knights of Labor 118
The Rise of the Knights 127
The Decline of the Knights 134
9. The American Federation of Labor 138
Triumph of Business Union 139
Samuel Gompers and the New Unionism 141
Emergence of the AFL 145
AFL Principles and Policies 148
10. Homestead and Pullman 153
The Great Pullman Strike and Boycott 158
Labor, Populism, and Socialism 166
Labor in Ebb Tide 169
11. The Progressive Era 171
Employers and Unions: A New Understanding 173
The Anthracite Coal Strike, 1902 175
Employers Fight Back 180
AFL and Political Action 186
Organizing Immigrant Workers 191
12. Thunder on the Left 195
The Wobblies 196
The Spirit of the IWW 200
The Lawrence Strike 201
Repressing the IWW, 1913-1919 205
The Meaning of the IWW 208
13. The First World War--And After 210
Postwar Labor Upheaval 215
Year of Strikes, 1919 217
Labor Militancy, 1919-1922 224
14. Labor in Retreat 227
The American Plan and the Open Shop 231
Welfare Capitalism 235
Labor and Insurgent Politics, 1922-1924 239
The AFL after Gompers 241
The Demoralization of Organized Labor 244
15. The New Deal 249
Section 7(a) 250
A New Unionism and Its Limits 252
The Wagner Act 258
The New Deal Political Order 261
16. The Rise of the Congress of Industrial Organizations 272
John L. Lewis and the CIO 277
The Impact of the CIO 289
17. Labor and Politics 294
War, Lewis, and the Election of 1940 300
18. The Second World War 312
The National War Labor Board 323
The 1945-1946 Strike Wave 326
A New Industrial Relations System 333
19. From Taft-Hartley to the Merger of the AFL and the CIO 335
Labor, Taft-Hartley, and Politics 339
A United Labor Movement 348
AFL-CIO: A "Sleepy Monopoly" 352
20. Disappointed Hopes 354
Labor's Decline 355
Corruption, Politics, and Labor's Travail 358
Race, War, and Agricultural Workers 371
A Satisfied Labor Movement 374
21. Hard Times: Workers and Unions, 1973-1992 376
An End to Economic Growth? 377
Restructuring the Labor Force 379
Labor and Politics 383
The Rise of Public Employee Unionism 391
The Crisis of Unionism 393
Lane Kirkland and Dashed Hopes 397
Union Troubles in Mass-Production Industries 400
Deregulation and Union Decline in Transportation 402
A Mixed Bag 404
A Dim Future for Labor? 406
22. Hope and Despair: Workers and Unions since 1993 407
Labor and Politics 408
Jobs and Prosperity for All? 409
A Rough Ride 412
A New Labor-Left Alliance 417
September 11, 2001, National Crisis, and Labor 419
A New Unionism 424
Hard and Dangerous Work 426
Whither Labor? 428
Further Reading 429
Index 457
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