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Labor Leaders in America

Expert profiles of important labor figures

Here are the life stories of the men and women who led the labor movement in America from Reconstruction to recent times, from William H. Sylvis, the first major labor leader, to Cesar Chavez, who organized California's farm workers in the 1960s. In each profile, a leading authority provides a profile of the figure's life and work. Taken together, these short biographies provide a broad overview of the American labor movement that will appeal to students, interested readers, and specialists. Profiles include: William H. Sylvis, Terence V. Powderly, Samuel Gompers, Eugene V. Debs, William D. "Big Bill" Haywood, William Green, Rose Schneiderman, John L. Lewis, Sidney Hillman, Philip Murray, A. Philip Randolph, Walter Reuther, Jimmy Hoffa, George Meany, and Cesar Chavez


"An excellent collection that is at once a valuable reference tool and, more important, an original contribution to the expanding field of American labor history."--John Bodnar, coauthor of Lives of Their Own: Blacks, Italians, and Poles in Pittsburgh, 1900–1960


Melvyn Dubofsky is Distinguished Professor of History and Sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. His books include We Shall Be All: A History of the IWW. Warren Van Tine is an emeritus professor of history at The Ohio State University and author of The Making of the Labor Bureaucrat. Dubofsky and Van Tine are also coauthors of John L. Lewis: A Biography.

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