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By Howard Kimeldorf

ISBN-10: 0520218329

ISBN-13: 9780520218321

ISBN-10: 0520218337

ISBN-13: 9780520218338

during this incisive reinterpretation of the historical past of the yankee hard work stream, Howard Kimeldorf demanding situations got wondering rank-and-file staff and the nature in their unions. Battling for American Labor solutions the baffling query of ways, whereas mounting one of the most competitive demanding situations to applying periods at any place on this planet, equipped hard work within the usa has warmly embraced the capitalist procedure of which they're a half. Rejecting traditional understandings of yankee unionism, Kimeldorf argues that what has lengthy been the hallmark of prepared hard work within the United States—its special reliance on employee self-organization and direct financial action—can be visible as a selected type of syndicalism.

Kimeldorf brings this syndicalism to lifestyles via wealthy and compelling case stories of unionization efforts by way of Philadelphia longshoremen and big apple urban culinary employees through the starting many years of the 20 th century. He exhibits how those employees, first and foremost affiliated with the unconventional IWW and later the conservative AFL, pursued a typical good judgment of collective motion on the element of creation that mostly dictated their collection of unions. Elegantly written and deeply enticing, Battling for American Labor bargains insights not just into how the yankee exertions stream received to the place it really is this day, yet the way it may perhaps in all likelihood reinvent itself within the years ahead.

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