There is Power in a Union

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 7, 2010 - History - 368 pages
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From an award-winning historian, a stirring (and timely) narrative history of American labor from the dawn of the industrial age to the present day.

From the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, the first real factories in America, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth century and their waning influence today, the con­test between labor and capital for their share of American bounty has shaped our national experience. Philip Dray’s ambition is to show us the vital accomplishments of organized labor in that time and illuminate its central role in our social, political, economic, and cultural evolution. There Is Power in a Union is an epic, character-driven narrative that locates this struggle for security and dignity in all its various settings: on picket lines and in union halls, jails, assembly lines, corporate boardrooms, the courts, the halls of Congress, and the White House. The author demonstrates, viscerally and dramatically, the urgency of the fight for fairness and economic democracy—a struggle that remains especially urgent today, when ordinary Americans are so anxious and beset by eco­nomic woes.


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Review: There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America

User Review  - Dorian Santiago - Goodreads

Philip Dray is a phenomenal writer and this masterpiece is one of the best books I've ever read. I clung to every word of Dray's prolific account of the labor movement in the United States. With a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

A vivid, engaging chronicle of the American labor movement from its beginnings through the end of the 20th century. Read full review

About the author (2010)

PHILIP DRAY is the author of At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and made him a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Stealing God’s Thunder: Benjamin Franklin’s Lightning Rod and the Invention of America, and the coauthor of the New York Times Notable Book We Are Not Afraid: The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney, and the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi. He lives in Brooklyn.


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