Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II

Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II

by Joshua B. Freeman
     
 

More than any American city, New York in the years after World War II laid out an idealistic and equitable path to the future. Ordinary workers and a dynamic labor movement helped make New York the envied model of liberal America and the scourge of conservatives everywhere: union wages and benefits, cheap and easy-to-use mass transit, affordable public housing, and… See more details below

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More than any American city, New York in the years after World War II laid out an idealistic and equitable path to the future. Ordinary workers and a dynamic labor movement helped make New York the envied model of liberal America and the scourge of conservatives everywhere: union wages and benefits, cheap and easy-to-use mass transit, affordable public housing, and healthcare for all.

Working-Class New York is the moving story of the creation by workers and their allies of a local social democracy, one that was remarkable in its ambitions and achievements, and in the way it came crashing down. A grand work of cultural and social history, Working-Class New York is a chronicle of a dream that died but that may yet rise again, and a celebration of the sophistication, energy, and inventiveness of ordinary New Yorkers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565847125
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Series:
History
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
548,345
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Chronologyxi
Introduction: What Made New York Greatxiii
Part 1.Proletarian City
1.A Non-Fordist City in the Age of Ford3
2.Working-Class New York23
3.Labor Days40
4.The Rise of a Social Democratic Polity55
5.The Cold War in New York72
Part 2.Labor's City
6.Big Labor99
7."A Decent Home"105
8."Adequate Medical Care"125
9."A Useful and Remunerative Job"143
10.Goodbye Molly Goldberg167
Part 3.Strike City
11.Freedom Now179
12.Municipal Unionism201
13."A Man by the Name of Albert Shanker"215
14.Longhairs and Hardhats228
15.The Fiscal Crisis256
Part 4.Trump City
16.Global Dreams and Neighborhood Realities291
17.Hanging On306
18.The Ghost of Class326
Conclusion: New York and the Nation334
Acknowledgments338
Notes340
Index397

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