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

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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: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Revolutionary Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

1 Why the Working Class Still Matters 13
2 The Making of the American Working Class 24
3 Working-Class Studies: Where It's Been Lately and Where It's Going 39
4 Ethnic Organizing: A Double-Edged Sword 63
5 The Appeal to Reason and the Mass Socialist Movement Before World War I 72
6 Representations of Women in Narratives About the Great Steel Strike of 1919 82
7 Reflections on the Great Migration of Western Pennsylvania 92
8 The Gendered Social World of Steelmaking: A Case Study of Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point Plant 101
9 Revolutionary Vanguards in the United States During the 1930s 129
10 The Role of Women, and of Radicals, in the First Sit-Down Strikes 162
11 Opportunities Found and Lost: Labor, Radicals, and the Early Civil Rights Movement 178
12 A Philip Randolph and the Foundations of Black Socialism 206
13 Working-Class Lives/Working-Class Studies: A Historian's Perspective 235
14 Modest but Adequate: Standard of Living for Mon Valley Steelworkers in the Union Era 246
15 We Are the Union 263
16 Black Workers' Struggles for Jobs and Civil Rights in Twentieth-Century Pittsburgh 295
17 Why Unions Matter 329
18 A Century of Struggle in Homestead: Working-Class Responses to Corporate Power 340
19 The Role of Labor Today: Reflections on the Past Throw Light on the Road Ahead 359
20 Seeds of a Labor Insurgency 369
21 The Struggle for Survival 382
Contributors 393
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