Work and Struggle: Voices from U.S. Labor Radicalism focuses on the history of U.S. labor with an emphasis on radical currents, which have been essential elements in the working-class movement from the mid nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Showcasing some of labor's most important leaders, Work and Struggle offers students and instructors a variety of voices to learn from -- each telling their story through their own words -- through writings, memoirs and speeches, transcribed and introduced here by Paul Le Blanc. This collection of revolutionary voices will inspire anyone interested in the history of labor organizing.
Paul Le Blanc is Professor of History at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA, where he served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2009. He has also worked as a unionized healthcare worker, service employee, shipyard worker, and auto worker. He is author of a number of books on labor and social movements, including Marx, Lenin and the Revolutionary Experience: Studies of Communism and Radicalism in the Age of Globalization (Routledge), and was most recently an editor of The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present.
Introduction Chapter 1: Understanding Labor Radicalism Chapter 2: A Short History of US Labor Radicalism Chapter 3: Frederick Douglass Chapter 4: William Sylvis Chapter 5: Albert Parsons Chapter 6: Mother Jones Chapters 7: Eugene V. Debs Chapter 8: Rose Schneiderman Chapter 9: John L. Lewis Chapter 10: A. Philip Randolph Chapter 11: James Matles Chapter 12: Cesar Chavez Sources and Further Reading Index