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Artisans into Workers

Labor in Nineteenth-Century America

In the only modern study synthesizing nineteenth-century American labor history, Bruce Laurie examines the character of working-class factionalism, plebian expectations of government, and relations between the organized few and the unorganized many. Laurie also examines the republican tradition and the movements that drew on it, from the General Trades Unions in the age of Jackson to the Knights of Labor later in the century.

"Virtually the only text on labor history which gracefully and properly makes slavery a major part of the story. It is at its best, however, in its interpretation of the rise of the American Federation of Labor."--David Montgomery, author of Beyond Equality: Labor and the Radical Republicans, 1862-1872

"An interpretive work of great sophistication, the book provides a nuanced appreciation for the complexity of the transition to factory work."--James R. Barrett, author of Work and Community in the Jungle: Chicago's Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922

"The first serious attempt to integrate the findings of the 'new' labor history into the established framework of nineteenth-century American labor history."--David Brody, author of Labor in Crisis: The Steel Strike of 1919


Bruce Laurie, professor and chair of the department of history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is co-editor of Class, Sex, and the Woman Worker and the author of Working People of Philadelphia, 1800-1850.

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