Rethinking U.S. Labor History: Essays on the Working-Class Experience, 1756-2009 available in Paperback
Labor History has recently undergone something of a renaissance that has yet to be documented. Rethinking U.S. Labor History chronicles this rejuvenation with contributions from new scholars as well as established names.
This unique collection of essays blends the work of senior labor historians with that of young scholars working at the frontiers of what we think will be the field's future. All express a continued interest in questions surrounding the relationship of class and culture, especially the association between the changing experience of class and the broader context of American political culture. Their work also reflects a revived interest in the links between workers' experience and the changing political economy, especially as American workers confront the continued flight of manufacturing jobs and the transformation of the nation's retail sector.
Rethinking U.S. Labor History aims to serve as both a practical and substantive contribution to the field of labor history and a comment on its current state and future prospects. The essays demonstrate that the state of labor history today is strong and its possibilities for the future bright.
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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
Introduction Donna T. Haverty-Stacke Daniel J. Walkowitz 1
Part I Current Research
Chapter 1 Memoirs of an Invalid: James Miller and the Making of the British-American Empire in the Seven Years' War Peter Way 25
Chapter 2 Losing the Middle Ground: Strikebreakers and Labor Protest on the Southwestern Railroads Theresa Ann Case 54
Chapter 3 Rethinking Working-Class Politics in Comparative-Transnational Contexts Shelton Stromquist 82
Chapter 4 No Common Creed: White Working-Class Protestants and the CIO's Operation Dixie Elizabeth Fones-Wolf Ken Fones-Wolf 111
Chapter 5 A. Philip Randolph, Black Anticommunism, and the Race Question Eric Arnesen 137
Chapter 6 The Contextualization of a Moment in CIO History: The Mine-Mill Battle in the Connecticut Brass Valley during World War II Steve Rosswurm 168
Chapter 7 Organizing the Carework Economy: When the Private Becomes Public Eileen Boris Jennifer Klein 192
Chapter 9 Solvents of Solidarity: Political Economy, Collective Action, and the Crisis of Organized Labor, 1968-2005 Joseph A. McCartin 217
Part II New Directions in U.S. Labor History
Chapter 9 Sensing Labor: The Stinking Working-Class after the Cultural Turn Daniel E. Bender 243
Chapter 10 Re-Imagining Labor: Gender and New Directions in Labor and Working-Class History Elizabeth Faue 266
Chapter 11 The Limits of Work and the Subject of Labor History Zachary Schwartz-Weinstein 289
Part III Resources
Labor and Working-Class History Chronology 307
Further Reading 320
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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.