The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 27, 1989 - History - 494 pages
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This book studies the changing ways in which American industrial workers mobilised concerted action in their own interests between the abolition of slavery and the end of open immigration from Europe and Asia. Sustained class conflict between 1916 and 1922 reshaped governmental and business policies, but left labour largely unorganised and in retreat. The House of Labor, so arduously erected by working-class activists during the preceeding generation, did not collapse, but ossified, so that when labour activism was reinvigorated after 1933, the movement split in two. These developments are analysed here in ways which stress the links between migration, neighbourhood life, racial subjugation, business reform, the state, and the daily experience of work itself.
 

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David Montgomery had a unique perspective from which to write The Fall of the House of Labor. Having spent several years in the workforce and involved in labor politics during the 1950s, he saw the ... Read full review

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Excerpted as "The Struggle for Control of Production" in Gary Kornblith, ed., The Industrial Revolution in America (1998) Montgomery is interested in the struggle between workers and owners for ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
Abbreviations used in text and notes
xi
Introduction
1
The managers brain under the workmans cap
9
The common laborer
58
The operative
112
The art of cutting metals
171
White shirts and superior intelligence
214
Our time believes in change
257
Patriots or paupers
330
This great struggle for democracy
370
A maximum of publicity with a minimum of interference
411
Index
465
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