Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 / Edition 2

Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 / Edition 2

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by Lizabeth Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521715350

ISBN-13: 9780521715355

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines how it was possible and what it meant for ordinary factory workers to become effective unionists and national political participants by the mid-1930s. Lizabeth Cohen follows Chicago workers as they make choices about whether to attend ethnic benefit society meetings or go to the movies, whether to shop in local neighborhood stores or patronize the…  See more details below

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This book examines how it was possible and what it meant for ordinary factory workers to become effective unionists and national political participants by the mid-1930s. Lizabeth Cohen follows Chicago workers as they make choices about whether to attend ethnic benefit society meetings or go to the movies, whether to shop in local neighborhood stores or patronize the new A&P. Although workers may not have been political in traditional terms during the Twenties, as they made daily decisions like these, they declared their loyalty in ways that would ultimately have political significance. As the depression worsened in the 1930s, not only did workers find their pay and working hours cut or eliminated, but the survival strategies they had developed during the 1920s were undermined. Looking elsewhere for help, workers adopted new ideological perspectives and overcame longstanding divisions among themselves to mount new kinds of collective action. Chicago workers' experiences as citizens, ethnics and blacks, wage earners and consumers all converged to make them into New Deal Democrats and CIO unionists. First printed in 1990, Making a New Deal has become an established classic in American history. This second edition includes a new preface by the author.

About the Author:
Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the history department of Harvard University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521715355
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Edition description:
New
Pages:
494
Sales rank:
904,098
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
1Living and Working in Chicago in 191911
2Ethnicity in the New Era53
3Encountering Mass Culture99
4Contested Loyalty at the Workplace159
5Adrift in the Great Depression213
6Workers Make a New Deal251
7Becoming a Union Rank and File291
8Workers' Common Ground323
Conclusion361
Notes369
Index511

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