U. S. Labor in the Twentieth Century: Where It's Been and Where It's Going / Edition 1

U. S. Labor in the Twentieth Century: Where It's Been and Where It's Going / Edition 1

by Hinshaw, John H. / Le Blanc, Paul Hinshaw, John H. / Le Blanc, Paul
     
 

Americans generally like to think of themselves as members of a "middle-class country." Yet even amidst a booming economy the living standard of most Americans is lower than it was a generation ago. Although the longest bull market in history recently captured much attention in the media, the majority of Americans do not own any stock. And every newspaper has a

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Overview

Americans generally like to think of themselves as members of a "middle-class country." Yet even amidst a booming economy the living standard of most Americans is lower than it was a generation ago. Although the longest bull market in history recently captured much attention in the media, the majority of Americans do not own any stock. And every newspaper has a lengthy business section devoted to the stock market, while none has a section dedicated to the interests of workers.

In this context, U.S. Labor in the Twentieth Century offers an overview of the hidden history of American workers. Essays by Harry Braverman, Lizabeth Cohen, Elaine Bernard, and John Russo et al. offer lively, readable introductions to the field of Working Class Studies. Noted scholars such as Manning Marable, Nelson Lichtenstein, Dan Georgakas, and Joe Trotter delve into questions concerning the ethnic, racial, and gender diversity of the working class. Paul Le Blanc, Ed Mann, and Mark McColloch explore the history of labor radicalism and the effects of affluence and consumerism on workers. A final section examines how and where workers are headed in today's economy.

This lively and easy-to-follow overview of U.S. labor will prove useful to undergraduates of both twentieth-century history and labor history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573928656
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Revolutionary Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

John Hinshaw (Lebanon, PA) is assistant professor of history at Lebanon Valley College, and the author of Steel and Steelworkers: Class Conflict and Race in Twentieth Century Pittsburgh.
Paul Le Blanc (Pittsburgh, PA) is professor of history at La Roche College and the author of many books on the labor movement, including A Short History of the U.S. Working Class. He is also the consulting editor for Humanity Books' Revolutionary Studies series.

Table of Contents

1Why the Working Class Still Matters13
2The Making of the American Working Class24
3Working-Class Studies: Where It's Been Lately and Where It's Going39
4Ethnic Organizing: A Double-Edged Sword63
5The Appeal to Reason and the Mass Socialist Movement Before World War I72
6Representations of Women in Narratives About the Great Steel Strike of 191982
7Reflections on the Great Migration of Western Pennsylvania92
8The Gendered Social World of Steelmaking: A Case Study of Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point Plant101
9Revolutionary Vanguards in the United States During the 1930s129
10The Role of Women, and of Radicals, in the First Sit-Down Strikes162
11Opportunities Found and Lost: Labor, Radicals, and the Early Civil Rights Movement178
12A Philip Randolph and the Foundations of Black Socialism206
13Working-Class Lives/Working-Class Studies: A Historian's Perspective235
14Modest but Adequate: Standard of Living for Mon Valley Steelworkers in the Union Era246
15We Are the Union263
16Black Workers' Struggles for Jobs and Civil Rights in Twentieth-Century Pittsburgh295
17Why Unions Matter329
18A Century of Struggle in Homestead: Working-Class Responses to Corporate Power340
19The Role of Labor Today: Reflections on the Past Throw Light on the Road Ahead359
20Seeds of a Labor Insurgency369
21The Struggle for Survival382
Contributors393

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