Rethinking U.S. Labor History provides a reassessment of the recent growth and new directions in U.S. labor history.
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About the Author
Donna Haverty-Stacke is Associate Professor of History at Hunter College, CUNY. She is the author of America's Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867-1960 (NYU Press, 2009).
Daniel Walkowitz is Director of Experiential Education, Acting Director of Metropolitan Studies, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, and Professor of History at New York University. He is an American social historian who specializes in labor, urban, and working-class history. Over the past thirty years, Walkowitz has authored over thirty articles and co-edited or authored six books. His most recent books are Working With Class: Social Workers and the Politics of Middle-Class Identity (North Carolina, 1999), and, co-edited with Lisa Maya Knauer, Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Spaces (Duke, 2004). He is also General Editor for the ten-volume Social History of the United States, forthcoming fromABC-Clio.
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Table of Contents
Contributors1. Introduction Donna Haverty-Stacke and Daniel J. Walkowitz.PART I. CURRENT RESEARCH2. Memoirs of an Invalid: James Miller and the Making of the British-American Empire during the Seven Years' War Peter Way 3. Losing the Middle Ground: Strikebreakers and Labor Protest on the Southwestern Railroads Theresa Case4. Rethinking Working-Class Politics in Comparative-Transnational Contexts Shelton Stromquist 5. No Common Creed: White Working-Class Protestantisms and the CIO's Operation Dixie Ken Fones-Wolf and Elizabeth Fones-Wolf6. A. Philip Randolph, Black Anticommunism, and the Race Question Eric Arnesen 7. The Contextualization of a Moment in CIO History: The Mine-Mill Battle in the Connecticut Brass Valley During World War II Steve Rosswurm 8. Organizing the Carework Economy: When the Private Becomes Public Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein 9. Solvents of Solidarity: Political Economy, Collective Action, and the Crisis of Organized Labor, 1968-2005 Joseph McCartinPART II. NEW DIRECTIONS IN U.S. LABOR HISTORY10. Sensing Labor: The Stinking Working-Class after the Cultural Turn Dan Bender 11. Re-imagining Labor: Gender and New Directions in Labor and Working Class History Liz Faue 12. The Limits of Work And The Subject of Labor History Zach Schwartz-Weinstein PART III. RESOURCESChronology Resources Further Reading Index
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It is, I believe, nearly impossible not to love this book. The care and patience with which it is written, the incisiveness of its observations, its humor, its intellectual rigor, its compassion -- all these qualities reinforce one another to make it an important, memorable work.