In Labors Cause: Main Themes on the History of the American Worker

Paperback | November 1, 1993

byDavid Brody

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These extended essays by one of the preeminent scholars in U.S. labor history discuss central questions in the field, from the colonial period to the present: What do the first demands for a fixed workday tell us about how early American workers experienced the beginnings of the industrialrevolution? Why did American labor politics never manage to break the grip of the two-party system? What was the impact of ideology, career leadership, and ethnicity on the American labor movement? How did American trade unionism cope with the market-drive forces of American capitalism? Why did sogreat a national crisis as World War II have so modest an impact on labor-capital-state relations in America? And finally, how did the struggle for industrial unionism produce the highly formalized "adversarial" system of workplace representation that many observers today see as one of the primeobstacles to American competitiveness in the new global economy? The book's essay structure permits detailed exploration of significant issues, while its wide chronological range and emphasis on causation broaden its scope to embrace major themes and trends. Like Brody's Workers in IndustrialAmerica (Second Edition, Oxford, 1993), In Labor's Cause makes an important contribution toward a comprehensive interpretation of the history of workers in America, and will be a fundamental component of any U.S. survey course, as well as courses in American labor or economic history.

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These extended essays by one of the preeminent scholars in U.S. labor history discuss central questions in the field, from the colonial period to the present: What do the first demands for a fixed workday tell us about how early American workers experienced the beginnings of the industrialrevolution? Why did American labor politics nev...

David Brody is at University of California, Davis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195067916

ISBN - 13:9780195067910

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Table of Contents

1. Work and Time During Early American Industrialism2. The Course of American Labor Politics3. Shaping a Labor MovementIdeologyCareer LeadershipEthnicity4. Market Unionism in America: The Case of Coal5. The New Deal, Labor, and World War II6. Workplace Contractualism: A Historical/Comparative Analysis

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"The author achieves his stated goal admirably. The opening two essays demonstrate the strengths of the collection well. These engaging essays should thus point scholars of working-class race and gender towards a consideration of persistent, older problematics in labor history, as well asdemonstrating problems in existing projects of synthesis."--Andrew E. Neather, United Auto Workers