Laboring for Freedom: A New Look at the History of Labor in America / Edition 1

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This text offers interpretation of American labor history that makes workers' unquenchable thirst for freedom its central theme. In doing so, it breaks free from standard treatises in which the issues of class conflict and American "exceptionalism" have been dominant. This interdisciplinary narrative fleshes out the conditions under which workers have lived and labored. The author contends that labor protests against these conditions flow from an American tradition invoking the primacy of inalienable rights and that these protests clash with the equally American traditions asserting a nearly absolute liberty of individual contract.
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This study focuses on the years from the beginning of the 19th century to the reign of FDR, but its scope reaches a few hundred years earlier and into the 1990s. Jacoby (economics, U. of Washington-Bothell Liberal Studies Program) examines three broad movements in the history of labor in America: the transformation from republicanism to freedom of contract; the limits of contract and the quest for alternatives; and how collective rights replaced individual freedom. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765602527
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue 3
1 Republican Soil 13
2 Contracting Liberties 33
3 The Properties of Labor 55
4 A Skillful Control: Managing the Labor Process 68
5 Incorporating Paternalism 84
6 Free Education 98
7 Union Compromise 117
8 "Rights" of Passage 130
9 Playing the Global Piano 149
Epilogue: Memories and Challenges 166
Notes 169
Bibliography 185
Index 195
About the Author 211
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