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Friedrich A. Sorge's labor movement in the United States : a history of the American working class from 1890 to 1896
Sorge, Friedrich A. (Friedrich Adolf), 1828-1906.
Uniform Title:
Labor movement in the United States
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwood Press, [1987]

Physical Description:
xiii, 196 pages ; 25 cm.
Reading Level:
1450 Lexile.
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HD8072 .S7175 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Author Notes

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KAI SCHOENHALS is Associate Professor of History at Kenyon College, Ohio.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This translation of an American labor study by a 19th-century German Marxist, Friedrich A. Sorge (18281906), is valuable as a commentary by someone of Karl Marx's generation on the formation of a major labor movement in the US during the 1890s. Because the book covers only the years 1890 to 1896, it cannot challenge the more extensive works of Foster Rhea Dulles, John A. Garraty, Edward C. Kirkland, Henry Pelling, or Robert H. Wiebe, but Schoenhal's translation does cover the struggles of Buffalo railway workers, Tennessee miners, general labor developments in 1893 and 1894, and the rise of the American Railway Union and the Pullman strike. Also of note are chapters on the judicial and economic constraints of the 1890s, especially as they surfaced in the 1896 presidential campaign. This volume resurrects Sorge from obscurity. A socialist who came to the US after the failure of the revolutions of 1848, he organized for the First International and occasionally returned to Europe to participate in its political life. His views on American labor issues provide a valuable perspective. College, university, and large public library collections.-R.W. Kern, University of New Mexico

Table of Contents

Introduction Buffalo Tennessee April 1893
Domestic Market--Financial Crisis of 1893
Silver and Tariff Legislation
Sugar and Tariff Legislation
Sugar Trust Judicial Power and Practice in the United States, 1894-1895
The Labor Movement, 1893 and 1894
The American Railway Union and the Pullman Strike
The Investigation Committee--Postscript
The Report of the Chicago Strike of June-July 1894 by the United States Strike Commission
The Annual Convention of the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor
The Strike in Brooklyn and Other Events
The Labor Protective Laws and the Law-Abiding Citizens of Illinois/Socialism
The Labor Movement in 1895 The Presidential Election Strikes and the Progress of Social Party