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Labor's Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-1921

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Since World War I, says Joseph McCartin, the central problem of American labor relations has been the struggle among workers, managers, and state officials to reconcile democracy and authority in the workplace. In his comprehensive look at labor issues during the decade of the Great War, McCartin explores the political, economic, and social forces that gave rise to this conflict and shows how rising labor militancy and the sudden erosion of managerial control in wartime workplaces combined to create an industrial crisis.

The search for a resolution to this crisis led to the formation of an influential coalition of labor Democrats, AFL unionists, and Progressive activists on the eve of U.S. entry into the war. Though the coalition's efforts in pursuit of industrial democracy were eventually frustrated by powerful forces in business and government and by internal rifts within the movement itself, McCartin shows how the shared quest helped cement the ties between unionists and the Democratic Party that would subsequently shape much New Deal legislation and would continue to influence the course of American political and labor history to the present day.

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A pathbreaking revisionist study of American workers in the Progressive Era. In his comprehensive look at labor issues during the decade of World War I, historian Joseph McCartin explores the political, economic, and social forces that gave rise to the Great War. He shows how labor militancy and the erosion of managerial control in wartime workplaces combined to create an industrial crisis. 16 illustrations.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations Used in the Text

Introduction. Reconsidering American Labor in the Era of the Great War

1. Building a Politics of Industrial Democracy

2. War and Order in the Workplace

3. The Battle to Shape War Labor Policy

4. Toward the "De-Kaisering" of Industry

5. The Dynamics of Wartime Labor Militancy

6. The Tentative Rise of Mass Unionism

7. Reconstruction and Reaction

8. Making Industrial Democracy Safe for America

Epilogue. The Origins of Modern American Labor Relations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Illustrations

Samuel Gompers between Woodrow Wilson and William B. Wilson, July 4, 1916

Frank P. Walsh, 1913

Political cartoon about the Committee on Industrial Relations

Wartime workers at Westinghouse Electric, ca. 1918

Black worker in an Ohio rolling mill, ca. 1918

President Woodrow Wilson in Alexandria, Virginia, ca. 1917

"War Cabinet" of the secretary of labor, 1918

War Labor Conference Board with Secretary William B. Wilson, March 14, 1918

Workroom in a munitions plant

Poster praising the war efforts of American workers

U.S. Army Ordnance poster

William H. Johnston, ca. 1921

NWLB shop committee ballot, October 17, 1918

Midvale Steel workers outside their plant, ca. 1918

Secretary of Labor Wilson, October 6, 1919

Company poster about grievance procedures, ca. 1921

Tables

1. Strikes by Industry, April 6-October 6, 1917

2. Strikes by Proportion of Union Members in Workplace, April 6-October 6, 1917

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807846797
Author:
McCartin, Joseph A.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
McCartin, Joseph Anthony
Author:
McCartin, Joseph A.
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
Industrial relations
Subject:
Reconstruction
Subject:
Labor - Unions
Subject:
Labor movement
Subject:
Reconstruction (1914-1939) -- United States.
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
political history; World War I; labor relations; labor militancy; revisionist; Progressive Era; labor Democrats; AFL unionists; Democratic Party
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Labor movement -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Labor unions -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
World War I
Subject:
labor relations
Subject:
labor militancy
Subject:
revisionist
Subject:
Progressive Era
Subject:
labor Democrats
Subject:
AFL unionists
Subject:
Democratic party
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Copyright:
Series Volume:
47
Publication Date:
February 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
322
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
18-18

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"Synopsis" by , A pathbreaking revisionist study of American workers in the Progressive Era. In his comprehensive look at labor issues during the decade of World War I, historian Joseph McCartin explores the political, economic, and social forces that gave rise to the Great War. He shows how labor militancy and the erosion of managerial control in wartime workplaces combined to create an industrial crisis. 16 illustrations.
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