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State of the Union : a century of American labor

Author: Nelson Lichtenstein
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2002.
Series: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The "labor question" became a burning issue during the Progressive Era because its solution seemed essential to the survival of American democracy itself. Beginning there, Lichtenstein takes us all the way to the organizing fever of contemporary Los Angeles, where the labor movement stands at the center of the effort to transform millions of new immigrants into alert citizen unionists. He offers an expansive survey  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nelson Lichtenstein
ISBN: 0691057680 9780691057682 0691116547 9780691116549
OCLC Number: 47764270
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2002
Description: xi, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface and acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Chapter 1: Reconstructing the 1930s --
Chapter 2: Citizenship at work --
Chapter 3: A labor-management accord? --
Chapter 4: Erosion of the union idea --
Chapter 5: Rights consciousness in the workplace --
Chapter 6: A time of troubles --
Chapter 7: What is to be done? --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
Responsibility: Nelson Lichtenstein.
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Examines how trade unionism has waxed and waned in the nation's political and moral imagination, among both devoted partisans and intransigent foes. This book offers a survey of labor's upsurge  Read more...

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2002 Winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Award "A remarkable accomplishment... Lichtenstein provides an authoritative account of labor's decline, Read more...

 
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