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Solidarity & survival : an oral history of Iowa labor in the twentieth century

Author: Shelton Stromquist
Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Solidarity and Survival, three generations of Iowa workers tell of their unrelenting efforts to create a labor movement in the coal mines and on the rails, in packinghouses and farm equipment plants, on construction sites and in hospital wards. Drawing on nearly one thousand interviews collected over more than a decade by oral historians working for the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Shelton Stromquist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stromquist, Shelton, 1943-
Solidarity & survival.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)654730028
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Shelton Stromquist
ISBN: 0877454302 9780877454304 0877454310 9780877454311
OCLC Number: 28256897
Description: xii, 346 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Origins and Traditions: The Making of an Iowa Labor Movement --
2. Conditions of Work Before the Union --
3. Rebuilding the House of Labor in the 1930s --
4. Work and War: Securing the Union --
5. Promise and Perils of the Postwar Era --
6. The World of the Shopfloor in the 1950s --
7. Coming to Terms: Gender, Race, and the New Solidarity --
8. Politics and the Renewal of the Labor Movement --
Appendix: Interviewees in the Iowa Labor History Oral Project.
Other Titles: Solidarity and survival.
Responsibility: Shelton Stromquist.

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"In Solidarity and Survival, three generations of Iowa workers tell of their unrelenting efforts to create a labor movement in the coal mines and on the rails, in packinghouses and farm equipment plants, on construction sites and in hospital wards. Drawing on nearly one thousand interviews collected over more than a decade by oral historians working for the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Shelton Stromquist presents the resonant voices of the men and women who defined a new, prominent place for themselves in the lives of their communities and in the politics of their state."--BOOK JACKET. "Told largely in their own restrained yet powerful words, this is a story direct from daily experiences in shop and mine, home and neighborhood. The locus of the story is Iowa, but in a larger sense the experiences of Iowa's workers offer a window on the national changes that American workers brought to their towns and workplaces. Their sit-downs to win recognition, their shopfloor struggles to give meaning to contracts with employers, their day-to-day fights for racial and gender equality are part of a larger story of American workers as agents of their own lives in this century. Their diversity - as women, African Americans, and other minorities, as immigrants and the children of immigrants farmers who left the land, and finally as heirs of a strong union tradition - mirrors the diversity of the American working class."--BOOK JACKET. "The collective impact of these voices is as deep and rich as Iowa soil. These workers' cumulative experiences give a human face to the changes that swept across the economic landscape of Iowa and the nation in the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.

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