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Fleeting Opportunities
Fleeting Opportunities (May 1990)
Women Shipyard Workers in Portland and Vancouver During World War II and Reconversion
Amy Kesselman - Author

"The real strength of this book is the careful reconstruction of the daily lives of the wartime women both on the job and in the community. The author takes us into that inner world of events and experiences, by way of the oral testimony of the workers themselves." -- Pete Hoefer, AFL-CIO

This book tells the story of the daily lives of women industrial workers in World War II shipyards. It focuses on their struggle against the persistence o...(Read More)
Labor Divided
Labor Divided (March 1990)
Race and Ethnicity in United States Labor Struggles, 1835-1960
Robert Asher - Editor
Charles Stephenson - Editor

Labor Divided is the first anthology on race, ethnicity and the history of American working-class struggles to give substantial attention to the experiences of African-American, Asian, and Hispanic workers as well as to the experiences of workers from European backgrounds. The essays in Labor Divided cover a time period of more than a century. They focus on the experiences of service workers as well as factory workers, women as well ...(Read More)
Vito Marcantonio
Vito Marcantonio (September 1989)
Radical Politician, 1902-1954
Gerald Meyer - Author

Explores Vito Marcantonio’s unique status as a radical politician from New York City.

This is the first study to fully explore Marcantonio's unique status as a radical politician who, despite massive opposition, held high public office for fourteen years. As congressional representative to Harlem, he became the leader of the most important third party in the United States, the American Labor Party, and achieved ...(Read More)
Socialist Cities
Socialist Cities (July 1989)
Municipal Politics and the Grass Roots of American Socialism
Richard W. Judd - Author

Socialist Cities is a comparative treatment of grass-roots Socialist successes. It marks the first comprehensive look at the urban working-class base of the American Socialist movement in the early part of the century, and reveals the importance of municipal politics as an organizing strategy.

The author assesses the reactions of both workers and non-workers to the party, and provides a fresh perspective on the perennial question of w...(Read More)
Red November, Black November
Red November, Black November (July 1989)
Culture and Community in the Industrial Workers of the World
Salvatore Salerno - Author

"This work is full of unexpected ramifications in relation to the existing scholarship. The indications of anarchist influence within the I. W. W. and the illustration of them through iconographic and textual readings are powerful sources of insight. The critique of existing scholarship is penetrating and very convincing. In my considered opinion, there are simply no books similar to this." -- Paul Buhle, New York University

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Defending a Way of Life
Defending a Way of Life (May 1989)
An American Community in the Nineteenth Century
Michael Cassity - Author

This book profiles an American community in the nineteenth century to show the larger process by which the nation was transformed from a life close to the frontier to that characteristic of industrial capitalism. Michael Cassity considers this economic change from the broader perspective of an historian of the American people, offering insights into its social implications and consequences.

With graceful a...(Read More)
William Green
William Green (January 1989)
Biography of a Labor Leader
Craig Phelan - Author

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 las...(Read More)
UAW Politics in the Cold War Era
UAW Politics in the Cold War Era (October 1988)
Martin Halpern - Author

This is the first book-length study of the triumph of the Reuther caucus over the Thomas-Addes-Leonard coalition in the United Auto Workers union. The dramatic defeat of the left-center coalition had far reaching significance. It helped to determine the shape of postwar labor relations, the direction of postwar liberalism, and the fate of the left.

Based on manuscript sources, oral histories, and quantitative analyses of convention roll cal...(Read More)
New Orleans Dockworkers
New Orleans Dockworkers (February 1988)
Race, Labor, and Unionism 1892-1923
Daniel Rosenberg - Author

This book investigates the conditions which led to a remarkable instance of interracial solidarity known as "half and half," an expression used to identify the cooperation and cohesion among 10,000 Black and white dockworkers during the early twentieth century. Through interracial agreements which divided work and union leadership equally between Blacks and whites, dockworkers reduced the workload and pace imposed by shipping firms, and formed the ...(Read More)
American Automobile Workers, 1900-1933
American Automobile Workers, 1900-1933 (November 1987)
Joyce S. Peterson - Author

“The book is a first-rate social history of automobile workers in the pre-union era. I wish that I had written it.” — Stephen Meyer, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

This book is a comprehensive history of automobile workers in the pre-union era. It covers changes in the kinds of workers who staffed the auto factories, developments in the labor process and in overall conditions of work, daily life outside the...(Read More)
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