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William Green: Biography of a Labor Leader
     

William Green: Biography of a Labor Leader

by Craig Phelan
 

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William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952, was a controversial figure whom historians invariably depict as bumbling, incompetent, vain, and ignorant; the cheerful servant of selfish and reactionary craft uinionists, and the person most directly responsible for the split in organized labor in 1935. This biography provides a

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William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952, was a controversial figure whom historians invariably depict as bumbling, incompetent, vain, and ignorant; the cheerful servant of selfish and reactionary craft uinionists, and the person most directly responsible for the split in organized labor in 1935. This biography provides a social and political context for Green’s actions in an attempt to vindicate one of the last heirs of a religiously inspired trade unionism that sought cooperation between labor and capital on the basis of biblical precepts.

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“This book is significant—it addresses the life of a critically important leader of the nation’s largest union federation during crucial times in the formation of national labor-management issues.” — Charles Stephenson, Central Connecticut State University

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ISBN-13:
9780887068706
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/01/1989
Series:
SUNY series in American Labor History Series
Pages:
223

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Craig Phelan is Professor of History at Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts.

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