Our Own Time

Our Own Time

by Philip S. Foner, David R. Roediger
     
 
Our Own Time retells the story of American labor by focusing on the politics of time and the movements for a shorter working day. It argues that the length of the working day has been the central issue for the American labor movement during its most vigorous periods of activity, uniting workers along lines of craft, gender and ethnicity. The authors hold that

Overview

Our Own Time retells the story of American labor by focusing on the politics of time and the movements for a shorter working day. It argues that the length of the working day has been the central issue for the American labor movement during its most vigorous periods of activity, uniting workers along lines of craft, gender and ethnicity. The authors hold that the workweek is likely again to take on increased significance as workers face the choice between a society based on free time and one based on alienated work and unemployment.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This definitive study of the working day shows how workers defined the reality of their lives and reshaped our concept of time.”—George P. Rawick

“This groundbreaking book ... is crucial reading not only for labor historians but for all those who have ever punched a clock.”—Elizabeth McKillen, International Labor and Working Class History

“Roediger and Foner show us once again that people want to work to live, not live to work.”—James Green

“Shows that shorter hours captured the imagination and aspirations of the worker not only in his or her role as worker but also as citizen, consumer, leisure-seeker and family member.”—Rose Feurer, Labor Studies Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860919636
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Series:
Haymarket Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Philip S. Foner (1910–1994) was Professor Emeritus of History at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. He was the author of more than 110 published works, including History of the Labor Movement, Organized Labor and the Black Worker, Women in the American Labor Movement and American Labor Songs of the Nineteenth Century.

David Roediger is Kendrick Babcock Chair of History at the University of Illinois. Among his books are Our Own Time: A History of American Labor and the Working Day (with Philip S. Foner), How Race Survived US History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon, and The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. He is the editor of Fellow Worker: The Life of Fred Thompson, The North and Slavery and Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White as well as a new edition of Covington Hall’s Labor Struggles in the Deep South. His articles have appeared in New Left Review, Against the Current, Radical History Review, History Workshop Journal, The Progressive and Tennis.

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