Omnigraphies' Defining Moments series was created for the express purpose of meeting the growing appetite for authoritative, useful resources on the nation's history. This series, which focuses on pivotal events that transformed the United States' political, cultural, and social landscape, will be of enduring value to anyone interested in learning more about America's past-and in understanding how these events continue to reverberate today.
Workers Unite! The American Labor Movement-like all volumes in the Defining Moments series-is arranged in three distinct sections. The Narrative Overview section provides a detailed, factual account of this "defining moment" in American history, from its earliest inception to its legacy today. The Biographies section includes valuable biographical background on leading figures involved in the era, concluding with a list of sources for further information on the individual. The Primary Sources section collects a broad range of essential and enlightening documents on the topic, from official documents to letters, memoirs, and more.
Other valuable features include a glossary of important people, places, and terms; a chronology of events; a bibliography; an annotated list of sources; and a subject index.
Students using Defining Moments: Workers Unite! The American Labor Movement will find information on a wide range of topics suitable for historical research and writing reports:
Work arrangements from apprenticeships to slavery in the British colonies and early America
The impact of wider social and economic trends like immigration, industrialization, and urbanization on American work
Union organizing and union-busting activities in mining, railroads, and other leading 19th-century industries
Landmark clashes in U.S. labor history, ranging from the Homestead and Pullman Strikes of the late 19th century to the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37
Factors that have contributed to the labor movement's decline in power and influence from the mid-20th century to the opening years of the 21st century