Labor's Story in the United States

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Temple University Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 358 pages
In this, the first broad historical overview of labor in the United States in twenty years, Philip Nicholson examines anew the questions, the villains, the heroes, and the issues of work in America. Unlike recent books that have covered labor in the twentieth century,Labor's Story in the United Stateslooks at the broad landscape of labor since before the Revolution.
In clear, unpretentious language, Philip Yale Nicholson considers American labor history from the perspective of institutions and people: the rise of unions, the struggles over slavery, wages, and child labor, public and private responses to union organizing. Throughout, the book focuses on the integral relationship between the strength of labor and the growth of democracy, painting a vivid picture of the strength of labor movements and how they helped make the United States what it is today.Labor's Story in the United Stateswill become an indispensable source for scholars and students. Author note:Philip Yale Nicholsonis Professor of History at Nassau Community College and Adjunct Professor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Long Island Extension. He is the author ofWho Do We Think We Are? Race and Nation in the Modern World.
 

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Contents

LABOR AND LIBERTY IN THE FORMATION
29
FACTORY AND FIELD
59
THE HEROIC AGE OF LABOR THE DAYS
95
CHALLENGES AND RESPONSES
129
THE GREAT WAR
169
THE NEW DEAL AND WAR
205
LABOR AND THE CORPORATE STATE
279
LABORS RECENT PAST AND THE FUTURE
315
Bibliography
337
Index
353
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Philip Yale Nicholson is Professor of History at Nassau Community College and Adjunct Professor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Long Island Extension. He is the author of Who Do We Think We Are? Race and Nation in the Modern World.

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