Rethinking the American Labor Movement

By Elizabeth Faue

© 2017 – Routledge

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About the Book

Rethinking the American Labor Movement tells the story of the various groups and incidents that make up what we think of as the 'labor movement.’ While the efforts of American labor forces towards greater wealth parity have been rife with contention, the struggle has embraced a broad vision of a more equitable distribution of the nation’s wealth and a desire for workers to have greater control over their own lives. In this succinct and authoritative volume, Elizabeth Faue reconsiders the varied strains of the labor movement, situating them within the context of rapidly transforming twentieth-century American society to show how these efforts have formed a political and social movement that has shaped the trajectory of American life. Rethinking the American Labor Movement is indispensable reading for scholars and students interested in American labor in the twentieth century and in the interplay between labor, wealth, and power.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Labor Movement as a Social Movement

Chapter 1: Origins: Insurgent Labor, 1905-1922

Chapter 2: Rebuilding the Movement, 1922-1945

Chapter 3: Stability and Retreat: Labor's 'Men of Power', the Cold War, and the State

Chapter 4: Lost Opportunities: Labor, the New SOcial Movements, and Economic Change

Chapter 5: Labor's Strengths and Weaknesses

Chapter 6: The Fate and Legacy of Labor in American Politics

About the Series

American Social and Political Movements of the 20th Century

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS036000
HISTORY / United States / General
HIS036060
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History