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Even since the last edition of this milestone text was released six years ago, unions have continued to shed members; union membership in the private sector of the economy has fallen to levels not seen since the nineteenth century; the forces of economic liberalization (neo-liberalism), capital mobility, and globalization have affected measurably the material standard of living enjoyed by workers in the United States and mass immigration from Latin America and Asia has continued to restructure the domestic labor force.
Yet even in t... MORE
In addition to taking the narrative right up to the present, a recent history that includes the election of 2008 as well as the tumultuous blow suffered by the U.S. and world economy in 2008-09, this eighth edition features an entirely new (fourth) bank of photographs and, in light of the avalanche of new scholarly work over the last decade, a complete overhauling of the book's extensive and critical Further Reading section in order to note the very best works from the profuse recent scholarship that explores the history of working people in all its diversity.
1. Colonial America 1
Life and Labor in the Colonies 6
Workers, Politics, and Revolution 15
2. The First Unions 20
Early Unions 23
Law vs. Labor 28
Growth of Labor Organization 30
3. The Workingmen’s Parties 33
Political Action 42
4. Labor Strength in the 1830s 48
Union Growth 49
A National Labor Movement? 53
An Urge to Strike 54
An Employer Counterattack 57
The National Trades Union 60... MORE