Rethinking the American Labor Movement

By Elizabeth Faue

© 2017 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

Throughout the past century, labor movements at the local and national levels have engaged in efforts to shape the conditions of employment, pay, and benefits for the common worker. These attempts towards parity have been rife with contention, and often only yield temporary change. Yet, the struggle has embraced a broad vision of a more equitable distribution of the nation's wealth and prosperity and a desire for workers to have greater control over their own lives and those of their communities.

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,' and shows that these efforts are political in nature and form a social movement that has shaped the trajectory of American life.

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:
HISTORY / United States / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History