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Redeeming time : Protestantism and Chicago's eight-hour movement, 1866-1912

Author: William A Mirola
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2015]
Series: Working class in American history.
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"During the struggle for the eight-hour workday and a shorter workweek, Chicago emerged as an important battleground for workers in "the entire civilized world" to redeem time from the workplace in order to devote it to education, civic duty, health, family, and leisure. William A. Mirola explores how the city's eight-hour movement intersected with a Protestant religious culture that supported long hours to keep
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William A Mirola
ISBN: 9780252038839 0252038835 9780252096792 0252096797
OCLC Number: 880929742
Description: xv, 235 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Protestantism and labor reform movements --
A city of industrial and religious extremes --
Opening eight-hour protests and the 1867 eight-hour law --
Eight hours and the financial crisis of 1873 --
Marching to Haymarket and the 1886 eight-hour campaign --
A "new consciousness" for constructing a morality of leisure --
Shifting eight-hour reform from consciousness to creed in the twentieth century --
Conclusion: Religion and the trajectory of labor reform movements.
Series Title: Working class in American history.
Responsibility: William A. Mirola.
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