Workers in Industrial America: Essays on the Twentieth Century Struggle

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This famous book, representing some of the finest thinking and writing about the history of American labor in the twentieth century, is now revised to incorporate two important recent essays, one surveying the historical study of the CIO from its founding to its fiftieth anniversary in 1985, another placing in historical and comparative perspective the declining fortunes of the labor movement from 1980 to the present. As always, Brody confronts central questions, both substantive and historiographical, focusing ...
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Overview


This famous book, representing some of the finest thinking and writing about the history of American labor in the twentieth century, is now revised to incorporate two important recent essays, one surveying the historical study of the CIO from its founding to its fiftieth anniversary in 1985, another placing in historical and comparative perspective the declining fortunes of the labor movement from 1980 to the present. As always, Brody confronts central questions, both substantive and historiographical, focusing primarily on the efforts of laboring people to assert some control over their working lives, and on the equal determination of American business to conserve the prerogatives of management. Long a classic in the field of American labor history, valued by general readers and specialists alike for its brilliance of argument and clarity of style, Workers in Industrial America is now more timely than ever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195045031
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/11/1993
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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University of California, Davis
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Table of Contents

1 The American Worker in the Progressive Age: A Comprehensive Analysis 3
2 The Rise and Decline of Welfare Capitalism 48
3 The Emergence of Mass-Production Unionism 82
4 Thinking about Industrial Unionism 120
The New Deal and the Labor Movement [1973] 120
John L. Lewis [1978] 128
The CIO after 50 Years: A Historical Reckoning [1985] 135
5 The Uses of Power I: Industrial Battleground 157
6 The Uses of Power II: Political Action 199
7 A Movement in Crisis 242
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