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The unfinished struggle : turning points in American labor, 1877-present
Babson, Steve.
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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.
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xvii, 205 pages ; 24 cm.

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HD8072 .B213 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is the only book you need to read for a concise, comprehensive, and accessible history of the modern labor movememt in the United States.

Author Notes

Steve Babson is a labor program specialist at the Labor Studies Center, Wayne State University. He is the author of Building the Union: Skilled Workers and Anglo-Gaelic Immigrants in the Rise of the UAW and Working Detroit: The Making of a Union Town, as well as the editor of Lean Work: Empowerment and Exploitation in the Global Auto Industry.

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The modern era of organized labor in the US began with the formation of the Knights of Labor in the wake of the great wave of strikes that swept the nation in 1877. Beginning with these dramatic events, Babson (labor program specialist, Wayne State Univ.) offers an engaging narrative account of the fluctuating fortunes of the American labor movement up to the present day. His selective approach highlights important moments in the labor movement's history rather than attempts to provide a comprehensive history. He often focuses on conflict, strikes, and violence, especially in the chapters dealing with the early history of organized labor. Arguing that the modern labor movement was formed in the 1930s, Babson devotes nearly a third of the book to this one decade. Treatment of the pre-1930 period is adequate, but the post-1940 material seems less coherent and complete. The book does a good job of setting events in their broader historical and economic context but offers little insight into the underlying forces that influenced labor's changing fortunes, or the changing organization and governance of labor unions themselves. Appropriate for general readers and undergraduate students. J. L. Rosenbloom; University of Kansas