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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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link to catalog page, Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland

Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland

Changing Social Landscapes in Middle America

Author: Edited by Linda Allegro and Andrew Grant Wood
Pub Date: June 2013

New perspectives on Latin American migration to the interior United States   learn more...

link to catalog page, Palomino

Palomino

Clinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest

Author: James J. Lorence
Pub Date: May 2013

A trailblazer in American labor and civil liberties   learn more...

link to catalog page, Child Care in Black and White

Child Care in Black and White

Working Parents and the History of Orphanages

Author: Jessie B. Ramey
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: July 2013

Reconceptualizing the orphanage as day care   learn more...

link to catalog page, A Renegade Union

A Renegade Union

Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism

Author: Lisa Phillips
Pub Date: 2013

Organizing the "unorganizable"   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Haymarket Conspiracy

The Haymarket Conspiracy

Transatlantic Anarchist Networks

Author: Timothy Messer-Kruse
Pub Date: August 2012

A bold reconsideration of the roots and realities of American anarchism   learn more...

link to catalog page, Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism Author: Immanuel Ness
Pub Date: October 2011

Exposing the corporate structures behind exploitative migrant labor programs   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Gospel of the Working Class

The Gospel of the Working Class

Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America

Author: Erik S. Gellman and Jarod Roll
Pub Date: July 2011

How two southern ministers preached and practiced a vision of a more democratic America   learn more...

link to catalog page, Banded Together

Banded Together

Economic Democratization in the Brass Valley

Author: Jeremy Brecher
Pub Date: May 2011

One community's response to globalization and deindustrialization   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Labor Question in America

The Labor Question in America

Economic Democracy in the Gilded Age

Author: Rosanne Currarino
Pub Date: February 2011

A nuanced assessment of citizenship and labor in the Gilded Age   learn more...

link to catalog page, Spirit of Rebellion

Spirit of Rebellion

Labor and Religion in the New Cotton South

Author: Jarod Roll
Pub Date: 2010

Crossing the color line with revivalism among working-class Southerners   learn more...

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