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Title:
U.S. labor in the twentieth century : studies in working-class struggles and insurgency
Author:
Hinshaw, John H., 1963-
Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Humanity Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
397 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781573928656
Format :
Book

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Central Library HD8072.5 .U185 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Following years of declining membership, there have been recent indications that unions in the U.S. have become reinvigorated. The editors of this new overview of labor in the U.S. stress that the "revitalization of the labor movement--historically and recently--has often involved a radicalism which embraces all members of the working class, drawing people of color and women into central roles in militant struggles that transform power relations." The 25 scholars and activists who contributed to this collection investigate various aspects of the working-class experience. In particular, they examine the "intersections of class, race, gender, and ethnicity" in the struggle by the working class to improve its lot. Topics include the migration of African Americans to western Pennsylvania's industrial towns, the role of women and radicals in the first sit-down strikes, A. Philip Randolph's contributions to black American socialism, and the role of labor and radicals in the early civil rights movement. Other writers consider the future of workers in today's economy. --David Rouse


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