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Labor Histories

Class, Politics, and the Working-Class Experience

Is class outmoded as a basis for understanding labor history? This significant new collection emphatically says "No!" Touching on such subjects as migrant labor, religion, ethnicity, agricultural history, and gender, these thirteen essays by former students of David Montgomery--a preeminent leader in labor circles as well as in academia--demonstrate the sheer diversity of the field today.

"The best anthology of labor's past to be published in many years. . . . First-class scholarship--and a worthy tribute to David Montgomery, master artisan of the trade." -- 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

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