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The making of American exceptionalism : the Knights of Labor and class formation in the nineteenth century
Author:
Voss, Kim.
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Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1993.
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xv, 290 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1450 Lexile.
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9780801428821

9780801481192
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Why has the labor movement in the United States been so weak and politically conservative in comparison to movements in Western Europe? Kim Voss rejects traditional interpretations--theories of ?American exceptionalism?--which attribute this distinctiveness to inherent characteristics of American society. On the contrary, she demonstrates, the American labor movement had much in common with its English and French counterparts for most of the nineteenth century. Only with the collapse of the Knights of Labor, the largest American labor organization of the century, did the U.S. movement take a different path.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction Working-Class Formation and the Knights of Laborp. 1
Part I The American Labor Movement and Less-Skilled Workers in Comparative Focusp. 19
Chapter 1 The First Moment of Working-Class Formation: The Journeymen's Revoltp. 21
Chapter 2 Skilled and Less-Skilled Work, 1830-1880p. 46
Chapter 3 The Second Moment of Working-Class Formation: The Knights of Laborp. 72
Part II An Exploration of Solidarity in the New Jersey Knights of Laborp. 103
Chapter 4 Industry and Labor in Nineteenth-Century New Jerseyp. 105
Chapter 5 The Foundations of Solidarityp. 136
Chapter 6 Organizing Together, Organizing Apartp. 174
Chapter 7 The Decline of Solidarityp. 185
Part III Conclusionp. 229
Chapter 8 Toward a Reinterpretation of the American Labor Movementp. 231
Appendix: 1 Communitiesp. 251
Appendix: 2 Industry Classificationp. 254
Appendix: 3 Event-History Analysisp. 256
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 283
Prefacep. xi
Introduction Working-Class Formation and the Knights of Laborp. 1
Part I The American Labor Movement and Less-Skilled Workers in Comparative Focusp. 19
Chapter 1 The First Moment of Working-Class Formation: The Journeymen's Revoltp. 21
Chapter 2 Skilled and Less-Skilled Work, 1830-1880p. 46
Chapter 3 The Second Moment of Working-Class Formation: The Knights of Laborp. 72
Part II An Exploration of Solidarity in the New Jersey Knights of Laborp. 103
Chapter 4 Industry and Labor in Nineteenth-Century New Jerseyp. 105
Chapter 5 The Foundations of Solidarityp. 136
Chapter 6 Organizing Together, Organizing Apartp. 174
Chapter 7 The Decline of Solidarityp. 185
Part III Conclusionp. 229
Chapter 8 Toward a Reinterpretation of the American Labor Movementp. 231
Appendix: 1 Communitiesp. 251
Appendix: 2 Industry Classificationp. 254
Appendix: 3 Event-History Analysisp. 256
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 283