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The voice of the people : primary sources on the history of American labor, industrial relations, and working-class culture

Author: Jonathan Rees; Jonathan Z S Pollack
Publisher: Wheeling, Ill. : Harlan Davidson, ©2004.
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The first all-primary source reader in labor history published in nearly one hundred years, "The Voice of the People" presents excerpts from fifty-four primary sources to blend labor history’s traditional focus on the growth of a union movement with windows into all aspects of workers lives -- their workplaces, their unions, their home lives and their culture -- the engaging selections mirroring the great diversity  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Rees; Jonathan Z S Pollack
ISBN: 0882952250 9780882952253
OCLC Number: 52963283
Description: xiv, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1. To 1877: Work and labor/management relations: William Bradford recounts the social development of Plymouth Plantation, ca. 1647. Hugh Jones on White indentured servitude in Virginia, 1724. Charles Ball describes a typical day on a slave plantation. Letter from Susan, 1844 / Harriet Farley. Mark Twain on the Chinese population of Virginia City, Nevada, 1872 ; The union movement: William Otter recalls his unsuccessful career as an apprentice, 1835. William Manning's plan for a "labouring society," 1798 ; Recruiting song of the Journeyman Cordwainers, ca, 1790. Wendell Phillips compares northern workers and slaves, 1865. "Address of the National Labor Union to the people of the United States," 1870 ; Working-class culture: Annonymous account of the Astor Place Riot, 1849. Samuel Gompers describes cigar rolling in his autobiography. Elizabeth Keckley explains why she fought back. James Burn on work, community, and mobility in Civil War America --
pt. 2. 1877-1914: Work and labor/management relations: Clarence Darrow considers the labor question, 1898. John Spargo examines child labor in the glassmaking industry, 1906. Grace Potter reports on industrial accidents in Niagara Falls, New York, 1913. Machinist Orrin Cheney testifies to Congress on the Taylor System of shop management, 1911 ; The union movement: Initiation ceremony of the Knights of Labor. "Lines of the Homestead Riots : Wednesday, July 6th, 1892" / Anonymous. "Junius" opposes American imperialism, ca. 1898. Pearl Jolly recalls the Ludlow Massacre, 1916 ; Working-class culture: An agent for the United States Immigration Commission describes the working life of prostitutes, ca. 1909. Margaret Byington studies the diet of steelworkers and their families, 1910. Werner Sombart analyzes "The democratic style of public life in America," 1906. "The preacher and the slave," 1911 / Joe Hill. Francis H. McClean reports on the amusements of the Bowery, 1899 --
pt. 3. 1914-1945: Work and labor/management relations: Mrs. L.L. Ray outlines welfare capitalism in a New York department store, 1911. Whiting Williams endures long hours working in a stell mill, 1921. Paul Taylor on the "American-Mexican frontier". Evelyn Gotzion recalls factory work during World War II. Mervyn Rathbone testifies in defense of the national labor Relations Act, 1939 ; The union movement: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn justifies sabotage, 1916. Harvey O'Connor remembers the Seattle General Strike, 1919. A.J. Muste mourns slain textile workers, 1929. Howard Kester on the rout of the Souther Tenant Farmers' Union, 1935. Louis Adamic lists the virtues and advantages of a sitdown strike, 1936 ; Working-class culture: "I'd rather not be on relief," 1938 / Lester Hunter. Vivian Morris interviews an unemployed domestic worker at the "Bronx Slave Market," 1938. Songs of depress and war, 1938 and 1944 / Leadbelly. Joseph Mitchell on McSorley's Saloon, 1940 --
pt. 4. 1945-present: Work and labor/management relations: Roberto Acuna recalls life growing up as an itinerant farm worker. William Whyte defines The organization man, 1957. Robin Leidner works at McDonalds, 1980s. Jeremy Rifkin explains the reasons for technological unemployment in the Information Age, 1995 ; The union movement: James Lerner remembers how McCarthyism affected the United Electrical Workers. John F. Kennedy questions Jimmy Hoffa about union ethics, 1957. George Meany testifies in favor of civil rights bills, 1963. Mike Hamlin on Black workers' disputes with the United Auto Workers, 1970 ; Working-class culture: "Judith Ann" on life in "the secretarial proletariat". Fred Cook reports on hardhats vs. hippies, 1970. Ben Hamper on coping with life in an automobile factory. "Keffo" lays out patterns of temp worker solidarity, ca, 1997. From One world, ready or not,1997 / William Grieder.
Responsibility: [compiled by] Jonathan Rees, Jonathan Z.S. Pollack.


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