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There is power in a union : the epic story of labor in America

Author: Philip Dray
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book is a history of American labor from the dawn of the industrial age to the present day. From the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, the first real factories in America, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth-century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for their share of American bounty has shaped our national experience. Here the author's ambition is to show the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Dray
ISBN: 9780385526296 0385526296
OCLC Number: 495271379
Description: xii, 772 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The oppressing hand of avarice --
Hell with the lid off --
We mean to have eight hours --
Pullman's town --
Industrial democracy --
We shall be all --
Dynamite --
Let us have peace and make cars --
Spies, crooks, and congressmen --
If America's soul becomes poisoned --
A time for choosing.
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This book is a history of American labor from the dawn of the industrial age to the present day. From the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, the first real factories in America, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth-century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for their share of American bounty has shaped our national experience. Here the author's ambition is to show the vital accomplishements of organized labor in that time and illuminate its central role in our social, political, economic, and cultural evolution. This is an epic character-driven narrative that locates this struggle for security and dignity in all its various settings on picket lines and in union halls, jails, assembly lines, corporate boardrooms, the courts, the halls of Congress, and the White House. Here the author demonstrates the urgency of the fight for fairness and ecnomic democracy in a struggle that remains expecially urgent today when oridinary Americans are so anxious and beset by economic woes.

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