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Free Labor The Civil War and the Making of an American Working Class

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ISBN-10: 0252080866

ISBN-13: 9780252080869

Edition: 2015

Authors: Mark A. Lause

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Monumental and revelatory, Free Labor explores labor activism throughout the country during a period of incredible diversity and fluidity: the American Civil War. Mark A. Lause describes how the working class radicalized during the war as a response to economic crisis, the political opportunity created by the election of Abraham Lincoln, and the ideology of free labor and abolition. Grappling with a broad array of organizations, tactics, and settings, Lause portrays not only the widely known leaders and theoreticians, but also the unsung workers who struggled on the battlefield and the picket line. His close attention to women and African Americans, meanwhile, dismantles notions of the…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 6/9/2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.15" wide x 9.25" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English