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The Working Class in American History

Acquiring Editor: Alison K. Syring
Series Editors: James R. Barrett, Thavolia Glymph, Julie Greene, William P. Jones, 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.

Labor’s Outcasts

Migrant Farmworkers and Unions in North America, 1934-1965

Author: Andrew J. Hazelton
Pub Date: August 2022

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Working in the Magic City

Moral Economy in Early Twentieth-Century Miami

Author: Thomas A. Castillo
Pub Date: June 2022

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Where Are the Workers?

Labor’s Stories at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Edited by Robert Forrant and Mary Anne Trasciatti
Pub Date: June 2022

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Toward a Cooperative Commonwealth

The Transplanted Roots of Farmer-Labor Radicalism in Texas

Author: Thomas Alter II
Pub Date: March 2022

A German American family’s impact on US radical politics, 1848–1932   learn more...

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Labor's End

How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work

Author: Jason Resnikoff
Pub Date: December 2021

Seeing automation as an ideology instead of a technology   learn more...

link to catalog page, A Matter of Moral Justice
E-book Sale: $19.95

A Matter of Moral Justice

Black Women Laundry Workers and the Fight for Justice

Author: Jenny Carson
Pub Date: July 2021

A long-overlooked group of workers and their battle for rights and dignity   learn more...

link to catalog page, Grand Army of Labor
E-book Sale: $19.95

Grand Army of Labor

Workers, Veterans, and the Meaning of the Civil War

Author: Matthew E. Stanley
Pub Date: April 2021

Enlisting memory in a new fight for freedom   learn more...

link to catalog page, Union Renegades
E-book Sale: $19.95

Union Renegades

Miners, Capitalism, and Organizing in the Gilded Age

Author: Dana M. Caldemeyer
Pub Date: January 2021

The self-interest behind joining, or not joining, a union   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Labor Board Crew
E-book Sale: $14.95

The Labor Board Crew

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

Author: Ronald W. Schatz
Pub Date: January 2021

Members of the National War Labor Board and the world they made   learn more...

link to catalog page, Workers against the City
E-book Sale: $19.95

Workers against the City

The Fight for Free Speech in Hague v. CIO

Author: Donald W. Rogers
Pub Date: September 2020

Labor organizing, machine politics, and a turning point in constitutional law   learn more...

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