Labor in America A History

ISBN-10: 0882959980

ISBN-13: 9780882959986

Edition: 7th 2004

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Even since the last edition of this milestone text was released, union membership in the private sector of the economy has fallen to levels not seen since the 19th century; the forces of economic liberalism (neo-liberalism), capital mobility, and globalisation have affected measurably the material standard of living enjoyed by US workers; and mass immigration from the southern hemisphere and Asia has continued to restructure the domestic labour force -- all of which has been exacerbated by national security policy formed in the shadow of the tragic events of 9/11. Yet even in the face of anti-union legislation and a continuing decline in the number of organised workers, the purpose of this latest book edition -- the powerful and appealing story of the American worker from the colonial workshop to the modern mass-assembly line -- remains the same as that of the 1st edition written more than 50years ago: to enlighten present and future generations of students about the history of work, workers and worker movements in the US, and to encourage them to learn and think about those who built America and those who will shape its future.
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Harlan Davidson Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Preface to the Sixth Edition
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
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 Railroad 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 Union
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, 1919-1922
Labor in Retreat
The American Plan and the Open Shop
Welfare Capitalism
Labor and Insurgent Politics, 1922-1924
The AFL after Gompers
The Demoralization of Organized Labor
The New Deal
Section 7(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
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 Unions, 1973-1992
An End to Economic Growth?
Restructuring the Labor Force
Labor and Politics
The Rise of Public Employee Unionism
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 Dim Future for Labor?
Hope and Despair: Workers and Unions since 1993
Labor and Politics
Jobs and Prosperity for All?
A Rough Ride
A New Labor-Left Alliance
September 11, 2001, National Crisis, and Labor
A New Unionism
Hard and Dangerous Work
Whither Labor?
Further Reading
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