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The Working Class in American History


Acquiring Editor: James Engelhardt
Series Editors: James R. Barrett, Julie Greene, William P. Jones, Alice Kessler-Harris, 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.

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link to catalog page, Workingmen's Democracy

Workingmen's Democracy

The Knights of Labor and American Politics

Author: Leon Fink
Pub Date: 1985

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link to catalog page, Lives of Their Own

Lives of Their Own

Blacks, Italians, and Poles in Pittsburgh, 1900-1960

Author: John Bodnar, Roger Simon, and Michael P. Weber
Pub Date: 1983

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link to catalog page, Women and American Socialism, 1870-1920 Author: Mari Jo Buhle
Pub Date: 1983

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link to catalog page, Working-Class America

Working-Class America

Essays on Labor, Community, and American Society

Author: Edited by Michael H. Frisch and Daniel J. Walkowitz
Pub Date: 1983

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