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Shifting Fortunes (American Ways Series)by Daniel Nelson
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A concise, original, and illuminating interpretation of the rise and decline of American labor from the 1820s to the present, focusing on the role of the autonomous worker, the threat of employer reprisals, and the influence of external forces. Lively, coherent, and eminently readable...an excellent overview. --Choice. Selected by Choice as an outstanding book for 1998. American Ways Series.
"A brief and useful survey of the history of American labor since 1820. Nelson, one of the pre-eminent authorities in this field, clearly and effectively describes and analyses the sources of labor's shifting fortunes since the onset of American industrialization." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
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Surveys the history of American labor, looking for reasons why union activity has ebbed and flowed since the Industrial Revolution. Concentrates on the role of autonomous workers, the impact of employer reprisals on the willingness of workers to join or remain in a union, and the influence of external forces, such as the economic and political environment and the employer's business goals. Pays special attention to miners' unions, government policy in the New Deal era, and the development in recent years of anti-union employer strategies.
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Compact interpretations of key episodes and important topics and themes, written by accomplished historians in lucid prose at reasonable length.
In this illuminating survey of American labor from the 1820s to the present, Daniel Nelson looks for the reasons why union activity has ebbed and flowed since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Rather than simply summarizing other people's books, Mr. Neson offers an original and provocative view of the union experience in America.
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