Shifting Fortunes: The Rise and Decline of American Labor, from the 1820s to the Present

Overview

In this illuminating survey of American labor from the 1820s to the present, Daniel Nelson looks for the reasons why union activity has ebbed and flowed since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Rather than simply summarizing other people's books, Mr. Nelson offers an original and provocative view of the union experience in America.
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Overview

In this illuminating survey of American labor from the 1820s to the present, Daniel Nelson looks for the reasons why union activity has ebbed and flowed since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Rather than simply summarizing other people's books, Mr. Nelson offers an original and provocative view of the union experience in America.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Excellent . . . the historic patterns of growth and decline are all here . . . well done.
Library Journal
Balanced and perceptive
Virginia Quarterly Review
Clearly and effectively presents the conflicts that have risen since the onset of American industrialization.—
Choice
Excellent...the historic patterns of growth and decline are all here...well done.
Booknews
Surveys the history of American labor, looking for reasons why union activity has ebbed and flowed since the Industrial Revolution. Concentrates on the role of autonomous workers, the impact of employer reprisals on the willingness of workers to join or remain in a union, and the influence of external forces, such as the economic and political environment and the employer's business goals. Pays special attention to miners' unions, government policy in the New Deal era, and the development in recent years of anti-union employer strategies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Choice
Excellent . . . the historic patterns of growth and decline are all here . . . well done.
Virginia Quarterly Review
Clearly and effectively presents the conflicts that have risen since the onset of American industrialization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566631792
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: American Ways Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Nelson teaches American history at the University of Akron. He has also written Managers and Workers, Farm and Factory, and Frederick W. Taylor and the Rise of Scientific Management.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface ix Part 2 UNION GROWTH IN PERSPECTIVE 3 Chapter 3 Accounting for membership fluctuations. Worker autonomy. Reprisals. The organizing enviroment. Part 4 MINERS AND ORGANIZED LABOR 15 Chapter 5 Perspective: 1894. Miners and Mining. Miners' unions, 1850-1894. Part 6 URBAN WORKERS AND ORGANIZED LABOR 39 Chapter 7 Perspective: 1888. Beginnings of the urban labor movement. Expansion and change, 1860s-1870s. The great upheaval and after, 1880s-1897. Part 8 NEW ENVIROMENTS, NEW CHALLENGES, 1897-1930 69 Chapter 9 Perspective: 1922. Miners and industrial relations, 1897-1915. Expansion and reaction in the cities. Organizing factory workers, 1904-1915. World War I and after, 1915-1922. A lost decade, 1920-1930? Part 10 THE LABOR MOVEMENT AT HIGH TIDE, 1930-1953 104 Chapter 11 Perspective: 1937. Foundations of a new era, 1933-1938. Revival and expansion, 1938-1953. Part 12 THE DECLINE OF AMERICAN LABOR 131 Chapter 13 Perspective: 1996. Origins of decline. Employer of offensives. Collapse. Rebirth? Part 14 A Note on Sources 164 Part 15 Index 176
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