Synopses & Reviews
'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.'
'Based upon prodigious research, this book carefully assesses the diversity of workers' social experience, examining African-American and Mexican workers as well as eastern and southern Europeans. At every step the argument is developed in a sophisticated way...Making a New Deal constitutes a major achievement and deserves the central position in historians' discussions that it will probably receive.'-Julia Greene in the Journal of American History
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; List of tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Living and working in Chicago in 1919; 2. Ethnicity in teh new Era; 3. Encountering mass culture; 4. Contested loyalty at the workplace; 5. Adrift in the Great Depression; 6. Workers make a new deal; 7. Becoming a union rank and file; 8. Workers' common ground; Conclusion; Notes; Index.