Laboring for Freedom: A New Look at the History of Labor in America

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M.E. Sharpe, Apr 6, 1998 - Business & Economics
Laboring for Freedom examines the concept of freedom in the context of American labor history. Nine chronological chapters develop themes which show that liberty of contract and inalienable rights form two contradictory traditions concerning freedom: one tradition insists that liberty involves the expression of individual will with regard to one's property (i.e. one's labor); the second tradition holds that there are fundamental rights of man that must neither be taken away by the state nor surrendered by the individual. The tensions between these two concepts are traced in the book. Topics covered include republican independence, corporate paternalism, the compromises of collective bargaining, and human rights in a global economy. The book argues that ultimately freedom is best analyzed as a changing set of constraints, rather than an attainable ideal.
 

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Contents

Prologue
3
Independence or Contract
11
Republican Soil
13
Contracting Liberties
33
Illusory Freedoms
53
The Properties of Labor
55
A Skillful Control Managing the Labor Process
68
Incorporating Paternalism
84
Union Compromise
117
Rights of Passage
130
Playing the Global Piano
149
Memories and Challenges
166
Notes
169
Bibliography
185
Index
195
About the Author

Free Education
98
New Deals and Old Ideals
115

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