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Labor's Untold Story

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ISBN13: 9780916180010
ISBN10: 0916180018
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Fundamentally, labor's story is the story of the American people. To view it narrowly, to concentrate on the history of specific trade unions or on the careers of individuals and their rivalries, would be to miss the point that the great forces which have swept the American people into action have been the very forces that have also molded labor.

Trade unionism was born as an effective national movement amid the great convulsion of the Civil War and the fight for black freedom. From that day to this the struggle for black rights has been important to labor's welfare. Labor suffered under depressions which spurred the whole American people into movement in the seventies, in the eighties, and in the nineties. It reached its greatest heights when it joined hands with farmers, small businessmen, and the black people in the epic Populist revolts of the 1890's and later in the triumph that was the New Deal.

For labor has never lived in isolation or progressed without allies. Always it has been in the main stream of American life, always at the very crux of American history, with none more concerned than it at the ever-increasing concentration of American corporate power. Labor's story, by its very nature, is synchronized at every turn with the growth and development of American monopoly. Its great leap forward into industrial unionism was an answering action to the development of trusts and great industrial empires.

Labor's grievances, in fact the very conditions of its life, have been imposed by its great antagonist, that combination of industrial and financial power often known as Wall Street. The mind and actions of William H. Sylvis, the iron molder who founded the first effective national labor organization, can scarcely be understood without also an understanding of the genius and cunning of his contemporary, John D. Rockefeller, father of the modern trust. In the long view of history the machinations of J. P. Morgan, merging banking and industrial capital as he threw together ever larger combinations of corporate power controlled by fewer and fewer men, may have governed the course of American labor more than the plans of Samuel Gompers.

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hworthen, September 11, 2006 (view all comments by hworthen)
Until the publication of Murolo and Chitty's From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend, this was the most widely available and read history of American labor. It may still be the best loved. Written in a dramatic narrative style that doesn't avoid colorful language, it sounds good read aloud. Published by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America union, (UE), it has gone through about thirty printings and has been read by millions. A good index makes it a reference work as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780916180010
Publisher:
United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Labor movement
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
Working class -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Estados Unidos
Subject:
Trabajo y trabajadores
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3rd ed.
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 381-390.
Publication Date:
1997
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
402

Related Subjects

Business » Human Resource Management
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History and Social Science » Politics » Labor
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » US History » Reference

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Product details 402 pages United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America,1984, c1955. - English 9780916180010 Reviews:
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