The Unfinished Struggle: Turning Points in American Labor, 1877-present

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 - History - 205 pages
The Unfinished Struggle is one of the most concise, comprehensive, and accessible histories of the modern American labor movement ever written. Labor scholar and activist Steve Babson's dramatic narrative examines the numerous attempts to organize workers from the Great Uprising of 1877 to the 'sitdown' strikes of the 1930s to the present day. Babson illuminates the tumultuous past, evolving agenda, and continuing conflicts of the labor movement. He carefully identifies the causes of labor's decline in recent decades and explains union leaders' attempts to revive their organizations. Most important, Babson shows readers how the fortunes of organized labor are tied to larger trends in American history.
 

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Contents

The Great Uprising 18771910
1
Rise and Fall 19101929
19
Triumph and Containment 19291941
51
Growth and Accommodation 19411965
113
At the Crossroads
155
Suggested Reading
179
Notes
183
Index
197
About the Author
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Steve Babson is a labor program specialist at the Labor Studies Center, Wayne State University. He is the author of Building the Union: Skilled Workers and Anglo-Gaelic Immigrants in the Rise of the UAW and Working Detroit: The Making of a Union Town, as well as the editor of Lean Work: Empowerment and Exploitation in the Global Auto Industry.

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