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Gr 7 Up Claypool's survey of the general labor force from the colonial period through 1900 does contain some oversimplifications, but this is understandable with such brevity. The summary of the American labor movement from the beginning to the mid-1950s also contains oversimplifications, as well as unexplained terminology and even some unfounded conclusions. However, there are three remarkably astute and thought-provoking chapters: the experience of blacks, immigrants and women in the American labor force. Each provides a valuable overview for older students doing research in some depth. The coverage concludes with two sound and thoughtful chapters on the postwar working experience and the problems and opportunities for working people in the future. Claypool makes no direct reference to the policies of the Reagan administration; her comments about the recent past and future are confined to market forces and do not reflect concern with government economic policy. Historical wages quoted are not provided within a context. The nine black-and-white drawings and photographs enhance the text only slightly. For this age group, there are superior introductory surveys which trace the union movement and general working conditions through World War II, such as Lens' Strikemakers and Strikebreakers (Dutton, 1985). However, Claypool's chapters on minorities in the labor force dictate a strong recommendation for purchasing her book. Tess McKellen, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn
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