Frontiers of Labor: Comparative Histories of the United States and Australia

Frontiers of Labor: Comparative Histories of the United States and Australia

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ISBN-13: 9780252083457
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 03/21/2018
Series: Working Class in American History Series
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Greg Patmore is a professor of business and labour history and chair of the Business and Labour History Group and Co-operative Research Group in the School of Business at the University of Sydney. His books include Worker Voice: Employee Representation in the Workplace in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK, and the US, 1914-1939.

Shelton Stromquist is professor emeritus of history at the University of Iowa. He is the author of a number of books including Reinventing 'the People: The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem and the Origins of Modern Liberalism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

US and Australian Labor: A Comparative and Transnational Perspective Greg Patmore Shelton Stromquist 1

Part 1 The Great War: Repression and Political Countermobilization

Quite Like Ourselves: Opposition to Military Compulsion during the Great War in the United States and Australia Robin Archer 15

Workers against Warfare: The American and Australian Experiences before and during World War I Verity Burgmann Jeffrey A. Johnson 39

Domestic "Dogs of War" Unleashed: The Comparative Fates of Municipal Labor and Socialist Politics in the United States and Australia during the Great War Shelton Stromquist 61

In Not a Few Respects, a Common History: Women, Wartime Lawmaking, and the Prosecution of Dissenters Diane Kirkby 82

Part 2 Varieties of Labor Coercion

From Whips to Wages: From Coercive to Incentive-Driven Labor Jennie Jeppesen 107

Union-Avoidance Strategies in the Meat Industry in Australia and the United States Marjorie A. Jerrard Patrick O'Leary 128

Part 3 Ethnicity and Class Identity: The Irish Diaspora in Australia and the United States

Catholic Irish Australia and the Labor Movement: Race in Australia and Nationalism in Ireland, 1880S-1920S Elizabeth Malcolm Dianne Hall 149

Gatekeepers and "Americanizers": Irish Americans and the Creation of a Multicultural Labor Movement in the United States, 1880S-1920S James R. Barrett 168

Part 4 Working-Class Collective Action and Labor Regulation

Causes of Railroad Labor Conflict: The Case of Queensland, Australia, and the Northern US Plains, 1880-1900 Bradley Bowden Peta Stevenson-Clarke 191

Comparative Mutinies: Case Studies of Working-Class Agency in the 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 1863, and the Australian Imperial Force, 1918 Nathan Wise 209

Part 5 Economic Democracy and Working-Class Institutions

How to Build a Trade Union Oligarchy: Guidance from the United States and Australia, 1886-1970 Scott Stephenson 227

The Experience of Labor in the Age of Reform: Workers' Subjectivity, Welfare Legislation, and Liberal Hegemony in 1930s Australia and the United States Benjamin Huf 246

Controlling Consumption: A Comparative History of Rochdale Consumer Cooperatives in Australia and the United States Greg Patmore Nikola Balnave 266

Part 6 Transnational Working-Class Politics

Anarchy at the Antipodes: Australian Anarchists and Their American Connections, 1885-1914 Tom Goyens 289

An Agitator Abroad: P. H. Hickey, Industrial Unionism, and Socialism in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, 1900-1930 Peter Clayworth 309

Harry Bridges's Australia, Australia's Harry Bridges Robert Cherny 328

Conclusion: Harvesting the Fruits of Transnational and Comparative History Sheltan Stromquist Greg Patmore 347

Contributors 353

Index 359

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