Working-class America: Essays on Labor, Community, and American Society

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Michael H. Frisch, Daniel J. Walkowitz
University of Illinois Press, 1983 - 313 pages
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Working-Class America represents the new labor history par excellence. Its ten original essays, by some of the best young scholars in the field, are at the frontier of current research and demonstrate the ability of working-class historians to produce exciting new insights into the nature of American society.

Working-Class America, however, offers more than scholarly historical-sociological analyses. In these pages, the lives of real men and women emerge from behind the veil of statistical abstraction. It is precisely that human dimension which makes this collection so valuable as a digest for scholars and yet so accessible as a text for students.

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A Case Study 181240
Artisan Republican Festivals and the Rise of Class Conflict in New York City 17881837
Women and Early Industrialization in New York City
Toward a Theory of the Labor Movement in the Era of the Knights of Labor
Class Culture and Mass Culture in Pittsburgh
Religion and the AFL in the Labor Forward Movement 191216
The Work Culture of DepartmentStore Saleswomen 18901940
ShopFloor Insurgents Political Elites and Industrial Democracy in the Amalgamated Clothing Workers
Irish Workers and the Organization of the Transport Workers Union
The Automobile Industry in World War II
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Michael H. Frisch is a professor and Senior Research Scholar Emeritus at the University of Buffalo. He is the author of A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft And Meaning of Oral and Public History and Portraits in Steel. Daniel J. Walkowitz is a professor emeritus at New York University. He is the author of Working with Class: Social Workers and the Politics of Middle-Class Identity and coeditor of Memory and the Impact of Political Transformations in Public Spaces.

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