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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.

link to catalog page, Labor's End

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

link to catalog page, Upon the Altar of Work
E-book Sale: $19.95

Upon the Altar of Work

Child Labor and the Rise of a New American Sectionalism

Author: Betsy Wood
Pub Date: September 2020

The North-South divide over child labor, 1850–1939   learn more...

link to catalog page, Workers in Hard Times
E-book Sale: $19.95

Workers in Hard Times

A Long View of Economic Crises

Author: Edited by Leon Fink, Joseph A. McCartin, and Joan Sangster
Pub Date: Cloth: February 2014, Paper: March 2020

Historical perspectives on workers, capitalism, and the Great Recession   learn more...

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E-book Sale: $19.95

Death to Fascism

Louis Adamic's Fight for Democracy

Author: John P. Enyeart
Pub Date: July 2019

Reclaiming the life of a progressive visionary   learn more...

link to catalog page, The World in a City
E-book Sale: $19.95

The World in a City

Multiethnic Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

Author: David M. Struthers
Pub Date: May 2019

How working people from around the world imagined a new Los Angeles   learn more...

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