The Turbulent Years: A History of the American Worker, 1933-1941

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Overview

"A broad panorama in brilliant prose." —American Historical Review

In this groundbreaking work of labor history, Irving Bernstein uncovers a period when industrial trade unionism, working-class power, and socialism became the rallying cry for millions of workers in the fields, mills, mines, and factories of America. With an introduction by Frances Fox Piven.

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Released in 1960 and 1969, respectively, these volumes by Bernstein, the late labor historian and professor, received kudos from critics and readers alike for their sweeping scope and superb writing. Bernstein put human faces on his subject, focusing on regular working Joes—or non-working Joes, as the case too often was during these times. Bernstein also didn't flinch when discussing the many levels of inequality among the citizenry and the struggles of average hardworking Americans who were ignored and often exploited by industry and the government. These reissues sport new intros by social historian Frances Fox Piven. Considering the current anemic job market, Bernstein, no doubt, still has lessons to teach.—Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns," BookSmack! 8/5/10
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608460649
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 1,365,709
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Frances Fox Piven is faculty at the Graduate Center of CUNY. She is the author of several books on the social history of the Great Depression, including Regulating the Poor and Poor People's Movements, co-authored with Richard Cloward. More recently, she has written The War at Home, Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America, and Keeping the Black Vote Down.
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