Cover for ARNESEN: Labor Histories: Class, Politics, and the Working-Class Experience

Labor Histories

Class, Politics, and the Working-Class Experience

Essays that place working people in American history

Is class outmoded as a basis for understanding labor history? This collection emphatically answers, "No!" These thirteen essays delve into subjects like migrant labor, religion, ethnicity, agricultural history, and gender. Written by former students of preeminent labor figure and historian David Montgomery, the works advance the argument that class remains indispensable to the study of working Americans and their place in the broad drama of our shared national history.

"The best anthology of labor's past to be published in many years."--Michael Kazin, author of Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era

"David Montgomery has been the most important labor historian of our times. . . . In this superb collection, thirteen of his students repay their mentor with a set of sparkling essays that not only demonstrates the vast range of his influence but addresses the new political, cultural, and racial issues that define the axis upon which the study of labor history in the United States now turns."--Nelson Lichtenstein, author of Walter Reuther: The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit


Eric Arnesen is the James R. Hoffa Teamsters Professor of Modern American Labor History and Vice Dean for Faculty and Administration at George Washington University's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923. Julie Greene is a professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park and the the author of The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal. Bruce Laurie is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of Rebels in Paradise: Sketches of Northampton Abolitionists.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/29tth4ha9780252067105.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Artisans into Workers - Cover
Artisans into Workers

Labor in Nineteenth-Century America

Bruce Laurie

Union Renegades - Cover
Union Renegades

Miners, Capitalism, and Organizing in the Gilded Age

Dana M. Caldemeyer

A Matter of Moral Justice - Cover
A Matter of Moral Justice

Black Women Laundry Workers and the Fight for Justice

Jenny Carson

Labor's End - Cover
Labor's End

How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work

Jason Resnikoff

The Labor Board Crew - Cover
The Labor Board Crew

Remaking Worker-Employer Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Reagan Era

Ronald W. Schatz

Fostering on the Farm - Cover
Fostering on the Farm

Child Placement in the Rural Midwest

Megan Birk

Black Flag Boricuas - Cover
Black Flag Boricuas

Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921

Kirwin R. Shaffer

American Unemployment - Cover
American Unemployment

Past, Present, and Future

Frank Stricker

Grand Army of Labor - Cover
Grand Army of Labor

Workers, Veterans, and the Meaning of the Civil War

Matthew E. Stanley

Workers against the City - Cover
Workers against the City

The Fight for Free Speech in Hague v. CIO

Donald W. Rogers

Upon the Altar of Work - Cover
Upon the Altar of Work

Child Labor and the Rise of a New American Sectionalism

Betsy Wood

Beer and Revolution - Cover
Beer and Revolution

The German Anarchist Movement in New York City, 1880-1914

Tom Goyens

Workers in Hard Times - Cover
Workers in Hard Times

A Long View of Economic Crises

Edited by Leon Fink, Joseph A. McCartin, and Joan Sangster