Colliers Across the Sea: A Comparative Study of Class Formation in Scotland and the American Midwest, 1830-1924

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University of Illinois Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 314 pages
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"This masterful study charts the extensive common ground and telling differences between two widely separated coal-mining communities: Lanarkshire, In the Clyde Valley of southwest Scotland, And The northern Illinois coalfield that became a prime destination for skilled Scottish migrant miners in the mid-nineteenth century. Challenging the prevailing exceptionalist paradigm of labor history, John Laslett examines the social, economic, and political context of each of these communities in generous detail. He traces the progressive heightening of class consciousness as the coal industry evolved from skilled hand labor to an increasingly mechanized extraction process And The escalating hostility between miners and mineowners as their interests split along class lines. Examining the rise of militant industrial unionism in both areas, Laslett provides a sophisticated explanation of the American and Scottish miners' divergent approaches to collectivist solutions. Based on a profound knowledge of both communities,Colliers across the Seatells a compelling story of industrial transformation's human costs, Of conflict and greed, and of democratic aspirations and community. "
  

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Contents

Class Formation among Colliers in Southwest Scotland 183070
13
Conflict and Accommodation in Lanarkshire 183064
37
British Colliers Migrate to Northern
59
Growth of Class Hostilities in Scotland and the American
75
New Technology New Immigrants and Growing Class
125
The Emergence of Mass Unionism and the Parting of the Political
149
Moving in Tandem to the Left? Socialism and
173
World War I Labour Party Triumph
196
Comparative Class Formation and the Colliers
222
Notes
235
Bibliography of Primary Sources
279
Index
297
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John Laslett is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author or co-author of many books including "Labor and the Left, Failure of a Dream?", "Colliers Across the Sea", and "History of the ILGWU in Los Angeles".

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