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.
About the Author
Craig Phelan is Professor of History at Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts.
Table of ContentsPreface
I Christian Ideals and Union Politics: The Rise to the AFL Presidency
II Marketing Unionism to Business: The 1920s
III Weathering the Depression: 1929–1935
IV Organizing the Unorganized Under Section 7a:1933–1935
V A Conflict of Styles and Principles: 1932–1935
VI Anti-Insurgent Crusader: 1935–1941
VII War, Politics, and Death: 1941–1952