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

by Dray, Philip.

Format: Print Book 2010
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From an award-winning historian, a stirring (and timely) narrative 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. Philip Dray's ambition is to show us the vital accomplishments of organized labor in that time and illuminate its central role in our social, political, economic, and cultural evolution. There Is Power in a Union 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. The author demonstrates, viscerally and dramatically, the urgency of the fight for fairness and economic democracy--a struggle that remains especially urgent today, when ordinary Americans are so anxious and beset by eco­nomic woes.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Dray traces the history of American trade unionism from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1820s to unionism's decline in the 1980s and the current status of organized labor, which the author suggests may have been reduced to a whisper of its former greatness. He explores such issues as what workers in different eras felt were their rights, what kind of future they envisioned for themselves and their families, the tension that erupts between skilled and unskilled labor, the impact of immigration, and the changing role of government in labor issues. The reader learns about recent labor concerns, including decades of globalization, which allows U.S. businesses to relocate production overseas using lower-cost workers and creative personnel practices such as massive hiring of temporary and part-time employees, who do not receive pension and health benefits. He notes that security of full-time employees is also threatened in our 24/7 workplace dominated by computers and e-mail, which he dubs the electronic collar. A thought-provoking book.--Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This stirring study situates one of the most subversive yet profoundly American of social movements at the heart of the nation's history. Historian Dray (At the Hands of Persons Unknown) follows organized labor from the struggles of early 19th-century female textile workers to the present-day retreat of organized labor following the failed 1981 air trafic controllers' strike. His episodic narrative, structured around major strikes, shows labor's heroic age as an era of naked class warfare: strikers died by the dozens in pitched battles with police, soldiers, and Pinkerton agents, and such charismatic organizers as Eugene Debs, Big Bill Haywood, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn braved prison and worse. The post-WWII period, by contrast, is a story of union conservatism, corruption scandals, and one rout after another at the hands of union-busting corporations abetted by government indifference. Organized labor's legacy, the author argues, is as much political as economic; it challenges bedrock American values of self-reliance while championing civil liberties-IWW speakers faced mass arrest for their public square orating-and bringing rights to the workplace. Packed with vivid characters and dramatic scenes, Dray's fine recap of a neglected but vital tradition has much to say about labor's current straits. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Labor unions -- United States -- History.
Labor movement -- United States -- History.
Industrialization -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
United States -- Social conditions.
Publisher New York :Doubleday,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xii, 772 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [727]-741) and index.
ISBN 9780385526296
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