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. Lizabeth Cohen follows Chicago workers as they make choices about whether to attend ethnic benefit society meetings or go to the movies, whether to shop in local neighborhood stores or patronize the new A&P. Although workers may not have been political in traditional terms during the Twenties, as they made daily decisions like these, they declared their loyalty in ways that would ultimately have political significance. As the depression worsened in the 1930s, not only did workers find their pay and working hours cut or eliminated, but the survival strategies they had developed during the 1920s were undermined. Looking elsewhere for help, workers adopted new ideological perspectives and overcame longstanding divisions among themselves to mount new kinds of collective action. Chicago workers' experiences as citizens, ethnics and blacks, wage earners and consumers all converged to make them into New Deal Democrats and CIO unionists. First printed in 1990, Making a New Deal has become an established classic in American history. This second edition includes a new preface by the author.
About the Author:
About the Author:
Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the history department of Harvard University
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About the Author
Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the History Department of Harvard University. She is also the author of A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America (2003) and co-author with David M. Kennedy of The American Pageant, a college-level US history textbook.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xiii
Preface to the Second Edition xix
Living and Working in Chicago in 1919 11
Ethnicity in the New Era 53
Encountering Mass Culture 99
Contested Loyalty at the Workplace 159
Adrift in the Great Depression 213
Workers Make a New Deal 251
Becoming a Union Rank and File 291
Workers' Common Ground 323
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