Texas Labor History

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Too often, observers and writers of Texas history have accepted assumptions about labor movements in the state—both organized and not—that do not bear up under the light of careful scrutiny. Offering a scholarly corrective to such misplaced suppositions, the studies in Texas Labor History provide a helpful new source for scholars and teachers who wish to fill in some of the missing pieces.

Tackling a number of such presumptions—that a viable labor movement never existed in the ...

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Overview

Too often, observers and writers of Texas history have accepted assumptions about labor movements in the state—both organized and not—that do not bear up under the light of careful scrutiny. Offering a scholarly corrective to such misplaced suppositions, the studies in Texas Labor History provide a helpful new source for scholars and teachers who wish to fill in some of the missing pieces.

Tackling a number of such presumptions—that a viable labor movement never existed in the Lone Star State; that black, brown, and white laborers, both male and female, were unable to achieve even short-term solidarity; that labor unions in Texas were ineffective because of laborers’ inability to confront employers—the editors and contributors to this volume lay the foundation for establishing the importance of labor to a fuller understanding of Texas history. They show, for example, that despite differing working conditions and places in society, many workers managed to unite, sometimes in biracial efforts, to overturn the top-down strategy utilized by Texas employers.

Texas Labor History also facilitates an understanding of how the state’s history relates to, reflects, and differs from national patterns and movements. This groundbreaking collection of studies offers notable opportunities for new directions of inquiry and will benefit historians and students for years to come.

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" . . . a well edited anthology of authoritative original historical essays by a wide variety of remarkable national scholars . . . . The collection's greatest strength is that the authors recognize the importance of the multiracial southern labor dynamic in a crucial Sunbelt state that, to a significant degree, holds the key to the nation's future. . . This innovative assortment of investigations points the way for new directions of scholarly inquiry and will benefit historians and students for years to come."--Choice
Choice

" . . . a well edited anthology of authoritative original historical essays by a wide variety of remarkable national scholars . . . . The collection's greatest strength is that the authors recognize the importance of the multiracial southern labor dynamic in a crucial Sunbelt state that, to a significant degree, holds the key to the nation's future. . . This innovative assortment of investigations points the way for new directions of scholarly inquiry and will benefit historians and students for years to come."--Choice
Southwestern Historical Quarterly - David Cullen

"This collection demonstrates the changing focus of Texas historians who realize that Texas has a more complex and interesting history as the majority of Texans were not oil tycoons or cattle barons, but the working poor, who through class identity and sense of community sought to maintain what Texans so often boast of - economic independence. This collection should act as a catalyst for a new generation of historians to continue the pioneering efforts demonstrated by these scholarly essays."--David Cullen, Southwestern Historical Quarterly
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“These essays move us toward a more accurate picture by including the poor majority. It is high time Texas had a concentrated dose of labor history showing how very much like the rest of the country life here has been for the working class.”—Kyle G. Wilkison, author, Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists

Kyle G. Wilkison

"Texas history has an acute need for this significant contribution on the lives of working people. These essays move us toward a more accurate picture by including the poor majority. It is high time Texas had a concentrated dose of labor history showing how very much like the rest of the country life here has been for the working class. Teachers who assign this collection on the actual Texas majority will be doing their students a great service."--Kyle G. Wilkison, author, Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists: Plain Folk Protest in Texas, 1870-1914
Alwyn Barr

"I am not aware of any comparable volume of essays on Texas labor history; thus this volume would be unique."--Alwyn Barr, Professor Emeritus of History, Texas Tech University
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BRUCE A. GLASRUD is the retired dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Sul Ross State University and a professor emeritus of history at California State University, Hayward. His most recent title for Texas A&M University Press is African Americans in South Texas History (2011).
JAMES C. MARONEY taught for more than forty years at Lee College in Baytown. He served as writer, editor, and coordinator for articles on labor history for Texas State Historical Association’s New Handbook of Texas.
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