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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, Work and Community in the Jungle

Work and Community in the Jungle

Chicago's Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922

Author: James R. Barrett
Pub Date: 1990

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link to catalog page, Men, Women, and Work

Men, Women, and Work

Class, Gender, and Protest in the New England Shoe Industry, 1780-1910

Author: Mary H. Blewett
Pub Date: 1990

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link to catalog page, Workers on the Waterfront

Workers on the Waterfront

Seamen, Longshoremen, and Unionism in the 1930s

Author: Bruce Nelson
Pub Date: 1990

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link to catalog page, Solidarity and Fragmentation

Solidarity and Fragmentation

Working People and Class Consciousness in Detroit, 1875-1900

Author: Richard Jules Oestreicher
Pub Date: 1990

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link to catalog page, Barons of Labor

Barons of Labor

The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era

Author: Michael Kazin
Pub Date: 1989

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link to catalog page, Counter Cultures

Counter Cultures

Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940

Author: Susan Porter Benson
Pub Date: 1988

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link to catalog page, Labor Leaders in America Author: Edited by Melvyn Dubofsky and Warren Van Tine
Pub Date: 1987

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link to catalog page, Gender at Work

Gender at Work

The Dynamics of Job Segregation by Sex during World War II

Author: Ruth Milkman
Pub Date: 1987

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link to catalog page, Workingmen's Democracy

Workingmen's Democracy

The Knights of Labor and American Politics

Author: Leon Fink
Pub Date: 1985

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link to catalog page, Lives of Their Own

Lives of Their Own

Blacks, Italians, and Poles in Pittsburgh, 1900-1960

Author: John Bodnar, Roger Simon, and Michael P. Weber
Pub Date: 1983

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