When the depression worsened in the 1930s, workers adopted new ideological perspectives and overcame longstanding divisions among themselves to mount new kinds of collective action. This book examines how it was possible and what it meant for ordinary factory workers to become effective unionists and national political participants by the mid-1930s.
The second edition includes a new preface by Lizabeth Cohen. We follow chicago workers as they make choices about whether to attend ethnic benefit society meetings or to go to the movies, whether to shop in local neighborhood stores or patronize the new A & P. Chicago workers' experiences all converged to make them into New Deal Democrats and CIO unionists.
As they made daily decisions like these, they declared their loyalty in ways that would ultimately have political significance. First printed in 1990, making a New Deal has become an established classic in American history.
American Labor: A Documentary Collection
American labor offers readers an insight into the full spectrum historically of workers, their daily lives, and the movements that they created. It includes documents that treat household relations as well as industrial relations; women as domestic workers and unpaid household labour as well as factory workers; and African American, Hispanic American especially Mexican and Mexican American, and Asian workers as well as white workers.
This single-volume comprehensive compilation of documents integrates institutional labour history movements and trade unions with aspects of social and cultural history, as well as charting changes in trade union and managerial practices, and integrating the economics and politics of labour history.
Second Edition with a new chapter by the author - The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
By making shipping so cheap that industry could locate factories far from its customers, the container paved the way for Asia to become the world's workshop and brought consumers a previously unimaginable variety of low-cost products from around the globe. Now with a new chapter, the box tells the dramatic story of how the drive and imagination of an iconoclastic entrepreneur turned containerization from an impractical idea into a phenomenon that transformed economic geography, slashed transportation costs, and made the boom in global trade possible.
It required years of high-stakes bargaining with two of the titans of organized labor, Harry Bridges and Teddy Gleason, as well as delicate negotiations on standards that made it possible for almost any container to travel on any truck or train or ship. But the container didn't just happen. Drawing on previously neglected sources, economist Marc Levinson shows how the container transformed economic geography, devastating traditional ports such as New York and London and fueling the growth of previously obscure ones, such as Oakland.
. In april 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. Forces in vietnam to persuade the world of the container's potential. University Press Group Ltd. Ultimately, it took McLean's success in supplying U. S.
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
Perhaps studs terkel’s best-known book, Working is a compelling, fascinating look at jobs and the people who do them. Consisting of over one hundred interviews conducted with everyone from gravediggers to studio heads, this book provides a timeless snapshot of people’s feelings about their working lives, as well as a relevant and lasting look at how work fits into American life.
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Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace Russell Sage Foundation Books
Weaving a powerful and memorable narrative, MacLean demonstrates the life-altering impact of the Civil Rights Act and the movement for economic advancement that it fostered. The struggle for jobs reached far beyond the workplace to transform American culture. University Press Group Ltd. Used book in Good Condition.
. Tracing the struggle to open the American workplace to all, MacLean chronicles the cultural and political advances that have irrevocably changed our nation over the past fifty years. Freedom is not enough reveals the fundamental role jobs play in the struggle for equality. Opening up the workplace, she shows, opened minds and hearts to the genuine inclusion of all Americans for the first time in our nation’s history.
In the 1950s, the exclusion of women and of black and Latino men from higher-paying jobs was so universal as to seem normal to most Americans. We meet the grassroots activists―rank-and-file workers, trade unionists, community leaders, lawyers―and their allies in government who fight for fair treatment, advocates, as we also witness the conservative forces that assembled to resist their demands.
Maclean enables us to understand why so many came to see good jobs for all as the measure of full citizenship in a vital democracy. How did such a transformation come about?in this bold and groundbreaking work, Nancy MacLean shows how African-American and later Mexican-American civil rights activists and feminists concluded that freedom alone would not suffice: access to jobs at all levels is a requisite of full citizenship.
Today, diversity in the workforce is a point of pride.
Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company of Philadelphia
Used book in Good Condition. Enslaved mariners, free black domestic servants, white seamstresses, Irish dockhands, and native-born street sweepers all navigated the low-end labor market in post-Revolutionary Baltimore. Rockman’s research includes construction site payrolls, court petitions, almshouse records, employment advertisements, and the nation’s first "living wage" campaign.
Rockman argues that the American working class emerged from the everyday struggles of these low-wage workers. Their labor was indispensable to the early republic’s market revolution, and it was central to the transformation of the United States into the wealthiest society in the Western world. These rich accounts of day laborers and domestic servants illuminate the history of early republic capitalism and its consequences for working families.
Seth rockman considers this diverse workforce, sex, nativity, exploring how race, and legal status determined the economic opportunities and vulnerabilities of working families in the early republic. In the era of frederick douglass, Baltimore's distinctive economy featured many slaves who earned wages and white workers who performed backbreaking labor.
Used book in Good Condition. By focusing his study on this boomtown, Rockman reassesses the roles of race and region and rewrites the history of class and capitalism in the United States during this time. University Press Group Ltd.
Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Used book in Good Condition. African american freedom is often defined in terms of emancipation and civil rights legislation, but it did not arrive with the stroke of a pen or the rap of a gavel. Used book in Good Condition. Incorporating scores of oral histories, culture, Green demonstrates that the interplay of politics, and consciousness is critical to truly understanding freedom and the black struggle for it.
University Press Group Ltd. No single event makes this more plain, than the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike, Laurie Green argues, which culminated in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Green traces the movement to new locations, from protests against police brutality and racist movie censorship policies to innovations in mass culture, such as black-oriented radio stations.
Used book in Good Condition. With its slogan "i am a man!" the memphis strike provides a clarion example of how the movement fought for a black freedom that consisted of not only constitutional rights but also social and human rights. As the sharecropping system crumbled and migrants streamed to the cities during and after World War II, the struggle for black freedom touched all aspects of daily life.
Exploring the notion of "freedom" in postwar memphis, green demonstrates that the civil rights movement was battling an ongoing "plantation mentality" based on race, gender, and power that permeated southern culture long before--and even after--the groundbreaking legislation of the mid-1960s.
Updated Edition Princeton Classics - The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
Once america's "arsenal of democracy, " Detroit is now the symbol of the American urban crisis. Weaving together the history of workplaces, and real estate agencies, political organizations, civil rights groups, unions, discrimination, Sugrue finds the roots of today’s urban poverty in a hidden history of racial violence, and deindustrialization that reshaped the American urban landscape after World War II.
This princeton classics edition includes a new preface by Sugrue, discussing the lasting impact of the postwar transformation on urban America and the chronic issues leading to Detroit’s bankruptcy. He challenges the conventional wisdom that urban decline is the product of the social programs and racial fissures of the 1960s.
Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. In this reappraisal of america’s racial and economic inequalities, Thomas Sugrue asks why Detroit and other industrial cities have become the sites of persistent racialized poverty. Used book in Good Condition. University Press Group Ltd.
Deregulating Desire: Flight Attendant Activism, Family Politics, and Workplace Justice Sexuality Studies
Used book in Good Condition. University Press Group Ltd. Used book in Good Condition. Airlines sought to win political power and material resources for people who live beyond the boundary of the traditional family. Used book in Good Condition. Temple University Press. Activists at National and many other U. S. In 1975, national airlines was shut down for 127 days when flight attendants went on strike to protest long hours and low pay.
In deregulating desire, ryan patrick murphy, lesbians and gay men, unmarried parents, chronicles the efforts of single women, a former flight attendant himself, as well as same-sex couples to make the airline industry a crucible for social change in the decades after 1970. Murphy situates the flight attendant union movement in the history of debates about family and work.
Each chapter offers an economic and a cultural analysis to show how the workplace has been the primary venue to enact feminist and LGBTQ politics. From the political economic consequences of activism to the dynamics that facilitated the rise of what Murphy calls the “family values economy” to the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, Deregulating Desire emphasizes the enduring importance of social justice for flight attendants in the twenty-first century.
Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century
In immigrant girl, radical woman, rabinowitz describes the ways in which she and her contemporaries rejected the intellectual and social restrictions imposed on women as they sought political and economic equality in the first half of the twentieth century. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition.
Matilda rabinowitz’s illustrated memoir challenges assumptions about the lives of early twentieth-century women. University Press Group Ltd. Used book in Good Condition. Henderson’s black-and white-scratchboard drawings illustrate Rabinowitz’s life in the Pale of Settlement, a turbulent romance, the journey to America, political awakening and work as an organizer for the IWW, and her struggle to support herself and her child.
Rabinowitz devoted her labor and commitment to the notion that women should feel entitled to independence, equal pay, equal rights, and sexual and personal autonomy. Rabinowitz 1887–1963 immigrated to the United States from Ukraine at the age of thirteen. Radicalized by her experience in sweatshops, she became an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World from 1912 to 1917 before choosing single motherhood in 1918.
Big bill" haywood once wrote, " but her memoir was intended as a private story for her grandchildren, "a book could be written about Matilda, Robbin Légère Henderson among them. Temple University Press.
Gender at Work: The Dynamics of Job Segregation by Sex during World War II Working Class in American History
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