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Labor in America A History

ISBN-10: 0882952730
ISBN-13: 9780882952734
Edition: 8th 2010
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List price: $48.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 492
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804

Even since the last edition of this milestone text was released six years ago, unions have continued to shed members; union membership in the private sector of the economy has fallen to levels not seen since the nineteenth century; the forces of economic liberalization (neo-liberalism), capital mobility, and globalization have affected measurably the material standard of living enjoyed by workers in the United States; and mass immigration from the Southern Hemisphere and Asia has continued to restructure the domestic labor force.Yet even in the face of anti-union legislation, a continuing decline in the number of organized workers, and the fear of stateless, if not faceless terrorism—the shadow of “911” in which we still live, in preparing this new edition of his classic text Professor Dubofsky has hewn to the lines laid out in the previous seven in seeking to encourage today’s students of labor history to learn about those who built the United States and who will shape its future.In addition to taking the narrative right up to the present, a recent history that includes the election of 2008 as well as the tumultuous blow suffered by the U.S. and world economy in 2008-09, this eighth edition features an entirely new (fourth) bank of photographs and, in light of the avalanche of new scholarly work over the last decade, a complete overhauling of the book’s extensive and critical Further Readings section in order to note the very best works from the profuse recent scholarship that explores the history of working people in all its diversity.

Preface
Colonial America
Life and Labor in the Colonies
Workers, Politics, and Revolution
The First Unions
Early Unions
Law vs. Labor
Growth of Labor Organization
The Workingmen’s Parties
Leadership
Political Action
Labor Strength in the 1830s
Union Growth
A National Labor Movement?
An Urge to Strike
An Employer Counterattack
The National Trades Union
The Decline of Unionism
The Impact of Industrialism
Industrialism, Technological Change, and Reform
Rebuilding a Union Movement
Toward National Organization
The National Labor Union
The NLU and Social Reform
Depression and Union Decline
An Era of Upheaval
Unrest and Conflict
The Great Railroads Strikes
The Haymarket Riot
The Rise and Decline of the Knights of Labor
Origins of the Knights of Labor
The Rise of the Knights
The Decline of the Knights
The American Federation of Labor
Triumph of Business Unionism
Samuel Gompers and the New Unionism
Emergence of the AFL
AFL Principles and Policies
Homestead and Pullman
The Great Pullman Strike and Boycott
Labor, Populism, and Socialism
Labor in Ebb Tide
The Progressive Era
Employers and Unions: A New Understanding
The Anthracite Coal Strike, 1902
Employers Fight Back
AFL and Political Action
Organizing Immigrant Workers
Thunder on the Left
The Wobblies
The Spirit of the IWW
The Lawrence Strike
Repressing the IWW, 1913-1919
The Meaning of the IWW
The First World War - and After
Postwar Labor Upheaval
Year of Strikes, 1919
Labor Militancy
Labor in Retreat
The American Plan and the Open Shop
Welfare Capitalism
Labor and Insurgent Politics
The AFL after Gompers
The Demoralization of Organized Labor
The New Deal
(a)
A New Unionism and Its Limits
The Wagner Act
The New Deal Political Order
The Rise of the Congress of Industrial Organizations
John L. Lewis and the CIO
The Impact of the CIO
Labor and Politics
War, Lewis, and the Election of 1940
The Second World War
The National War Labor Board
The 1945-1946 Strike Wave
A New Industrial Relations System
From Taft-Hartley to the Merger of the AFL and the CIO
AFL and the CIO
Labor, Taft-Hartley, and Politics
A United Labor Movement
AFL-CIO: A “Sleepy Monopoly”
Disappointed Hopes
Labor’s Decline
Corruption, Politics, and Labor’s Travail
Race, War, and Agricultural Workers
A Satisfied Labor Movement
Hard Times: Workers and Union, 1973-2000
An End to Economic Growth?
Restructuring the Labor Force
The Rise of Public Employee Unionism
Labor and Politics
The Crisis of Unionism
Lane Kirkland and Dashed Hopes
Union Troubles in Mass-Production Industries
Deregulation and Union Decline in Transportation
A Mixed Bag
A New Labor-Left Alliance
A Dim Future for Labor?
Hope and Despair: Workers and Unions Since 2000
Labor and Politics
A New Unionism
Hard and Dangerous Work
A New War Economy
Toward an Unequal Society
The Wal-Mart Effect
Labor’s Travails Cause Dissension
Triumph and Tribulation
Whither Labor?
Further Reading
Index

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