Cover for Gompers: The Samuel Gompers Papers, Volume 10: The American Federation of Labor and the Great War, 1917-18. Click for larger image

The Samuel Gompers Papers, Volume 10

The American Federation of Labor and the Great War, 1917-18

Important shifts in labor history before, during, and after wartime

Volume 10 of the Samuel Gompers Papers focuses on the AFL's struggle to serve the nation and the labor movement during the critical period when American neutrality gave way to war. Beginning with Gompers' last minute effort to persuade German workers to avoid war with the United States, it follows the labor movement's internal debate over the meaning of American participation and the Executive Council's pragmatic--and in some cases reluctant--pledge of support, offered just weeks before war was declared.

This volume also charts the evolution of a new relation between organized labor and the federal government: Acknowledging organized labor's vital role in the war effort, government now supported labor-adjustment boards that upheld the eight-hour day, equal pay for equal work, and labor's right to organize and bargain collectively with employers. As organized labor's main spokesman in Washington, Gompers played a central role in the development of wartime labor policies, with an eye to increasing production, reducing industrial conflict, and advancing labor's wage and hour standards.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/56bbx7yw9780252030413.html

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

Related Titles

previous book next book
Perspectives on Work

Edited by Susan C. Cass

Conservative Counterrevolution

Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee

Tula A. Connell

Islanders in the Empire

Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai‘i

JoAnna Poblete

Women Have Always Worked

A Concise History

Alice Kessler-Harris

Detroit's Cold War

The Origins of Postwar Conservatism

Colleen Doody

Disaster Citizenship

Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era

Jacob A. C. Remes

Teacher Strike!

Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order

Jon Shelton

We Shall Be All

A History of the Industrial Workers of the World (abridged ed.)

Melvyn Dubofsky

Wobblies on the Waterfront

Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia

Peter Cole

Against Labor

How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Edited by Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson

Sewing the Fabric of Statehood

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

Adam M. Howard

Working Class to College

The Promise and Peril Facing Blue-Collar America

Robert Owen Carr with Dirk Johnson

Winning the War for Democracy

The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946

David Lucander

Beer and Revolution

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

Tom Goyens

Radical Gotham

Anarchism in New York City from Schwab's Saloon to Occupy Wall Street

Edited by Tom Goyens

Hillbilly Hellraisers

Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks

J. Blake Perkins

Blood, Sweat, and Fear

Violence at Work in the North American Auto Industry, 1960-80

Jeremy Milloy

Man of Fire

Selected Writings

Ernesto Galarza Edited by Armando Ibarra and Rodolfo D. Torres