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Making a new deal : industrial workers in Chicago, 1919-1939

This book examines how it was possible and what it meant for ordinary factory workers to become effective unionists and national political participants by the mid-1930s. We follow Chicago workers as they make choices about whether to attend ethnic benefit society meetings or to go to the movies, whether to shop in local neighborhood stores or patronize the new A & P. Although workers may not have been political in traditional terms during the '20s, as they made daily decisions like these, they declared their loyalty in ways that would ultimately have political significance. As the depression worsened in the 1930s, not only did workers find their pay and working hours cut or eliminated, but the survival strategies they had developed during the 1920s were undermined. Looking elsewhere for help, workers adopted new ideological perspectives and overcame longstanding divisions among themselves to mount new kinds of collective action. Chicago workers' experiences as citizens, ethnics and blacks, wage earners and consumers all converged to make them into New Deal Democrats and CIO unionists
Print Book, English, 1990
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [England], 1990
xviii, 526 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780521381345, 9780521428385, 0521381347, 0521428386
Living and working in Chicago in 1919
Ethnicity in the new Era
Encountering mass culture
Contested loyalty at the workplace
Adrift in the Great Depression
Workers make a new deal
Becoming a union rank and file
Workers' common ground