In this, the first broad historical overview of labor in the United States in twenty years, Philip Nicholson examines anew the questions, the villains, the heroes, and the issues of work in America. Unlike recent books that have covered labor in the twentieth century, Labor's Story in the United States looks at the broad landscape of labor since before the Revolution. In clear, unpretentious language, Philip Yale Nicholson considers American labor history from the perspective of institutions and people: the rise of unions, the struggles over slavery, wages, and child labor, public and private responses to union organizing. Throughout, the book focuses on the integral relationship between the strength of labor and the growth of democracy, painting a vivid picture of the strength of labor movements and how they helped make the United States what it is today. Labor's Story in the United States will become an indispensable source for scholars and students.
Philip Yale Nicholson is Professor of History at Nassau Community College and Adjunct Professor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Long Island Extension. He is the author of Who Do We Think We Are? Race and Nation in the Modern World.
Preface1. European and Colonial Foundations to 17602. Labor and Liberty in the Formation of the Nation, 1760-18303. Great Contrasts: Factory and Field, Slavery and Democracy, Civil War, 1830-18654. The Heroic Age of Labor; The Days of the "Martyrs and the Saints," 1865-18935. Challenges and Responses, 1893-19136. Bang, Boom, Bust: The Great War, Jazz Age, and Great Crash, 1914-19327. Labor Valued: The New Deal and War, 1933-19478. Constructing Consensus: Labor in the Cold War, 1945-19689. Labor and the Corporate State, 1969-199210. Labor's Recent Past and the Future of Democracy