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The Working Class in American History


Acquiring Editor: James Engelhardt
Series Editors: James R. Barrett, Julie Greene, William P. Jones, Alice Kessler-Harris, and Nelson Lichtenstein

The Working Class in American History series publishes research that illuminates the broad dimensions of working people’s influence in North America. We define working-class history capaciously and encourage submissions that explore waged, non-waged, and/or coerced labor, rural and urban settings, and the wide range of labor performed in non-industrial settings, from agriculture to domestic service and beyond. We welcome consideration of the diverse contexts of the lives of those who work, including legal, political, and ideological aspects, as well as parameters of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, and immigration. As we seek to enhance understanding of pre-industrial and industrializing worlds, we also explore the new challenges that workers face amidst deindustrialization, globalized production, and an expanding service economy. We particularly seek projects that reflect the mobile, international, and diverse nature of capital and labor and apply a transnational or comparative outlook to the study of the working class. We find compelling work that considers the centrality of working people within the history of capitalism.

The series was established in the 1970s by Herbert Gutman, David Brody, and David Montgomery, the enormously influential founders of “the new labor history” that recast the study of the working class into a broad and culturally resonant discipline that influenced scholarship not just in history, but throughout the humanities and social sciences. The current editors of the Illinois series are committed to the expansive vision of its founders, now adapted to the questions posed by the shifting contours of politics, scholarship, and economic and social life in the twenty-first century.

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Author: Edited by Leon Fink and Juan Manuel Palacio
Pub Date: January 2018

The origin of a modern cornerstone of labor relations   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sewing the Fabric of Statehood

Sewing the Fabric of Statehood

Garment Unions, American Labor, and the Establishment of the State of Israel

Author: Adam M. Howard
Pub Date: December 2017

Tailoring a movement dedicated to the idea of a Jewish homeland   learn more...

link to catalog page, Hillbilly Hellraisers

Hillbilly Hellraisers

Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks

Author: J. Blake Perkins
Pub Date: October 2017

How Ozark residents have seen and lived resistance to the federal government   learn more...

link to catalog page, Man of Fire

Man of Fire

Selected Writings

Author: Ernesto Galarza Edited by Armando Ibarra and Rodolfo D. Torres
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: February 2017

The key works of the Latino labor activist and scholar   learn more...

link to catalog page, Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art Author: Robert W. Cherny
Pub Date: April 2017

A political biography of the great California muralist   learn more...

link to catalog page, Against Labor

Against Labor

How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Author: Edited by Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson
Pub Date: April 2017

How American management implemented "Solidarity never!"   learn more...

link to catalog page, Teacher Strike!

Teacher Strike!

Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order

Author: Jon Shelton
Pub Date: April 2017

The epic story of a time of peak conflict in urban education   learn more...

link to catalog page, Detroit's Cold War

Detroit's Cold War

The Origins of Postwar Conservatism

Author: Colleen Doody
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: 2017

An essential contribution to the history of anticommunism and postwar conservatism   learn more...

link to catalog page, Civic Labors

Civic Labors

Scholar Activism and Working-Class Studies

Author: Edited by Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. McKerley
Pub Date: November 2016

At the crossroads of writing, teaching, and living the struggle   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Making of Working-Class Religion Author: Matthew Pehl
Pub Date: October 2016

Welding solidarity to the sacred in the Motor City   learn more...

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