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William Green
Biography of a Labor Leader
William Green
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Craig Phelan - Author
SUNY series in American Labor History
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Hardcover - 223 pages
Release Date: January 1989
ISBN10: 0-88706-870-7
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-870-6

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Paperback - 223 pages
Release Date: December 1988
ISBN10: 0-88706-871-5
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-871-3

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Summary

William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952, was a controversial figure whom historians invariably depict as bumbling, incompetent, vain, and ignorant; the cheerful servant of selfish and reactionary craft uinionists, and the person most directly responsible for the split in organized labor in 1935. This biography provides a social and political context for Green's actions in an attempt to vindicate one of the last heirs of a religiously inspired trade unionism that sought cooperation between labor and capital on the basis of biblical precepts.

"This book is significant--it addresses the life of a critically important leader of the nation's largest union federation during crucial times in the formation of national labor-management issues." -- Charles Stephenson, Central Connecticut State University

Craig Phelan is Professor of History at Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts.


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Table of Contents

Preface

I Christian Ideals and Union Politics: The Rise to the AFL Presidency

II Marketing Unionism to Business: The 1920s

III Weathering the Depression: 1929–1935

IV Organizing the Unorganized Under Section 7a:1933–1935

V A Conflict of Styles and Principles: 1932–1935

VI Anti-Insurgent Crusader: 1935–1941

VII War, Politics, and Death: 1941–1952

Afterword

Bibliography

Index


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