There Is Power in A Union

There Is Power in A Union

The Epic Story of Labor in America

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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From an award-winning historian, a stirring (and timely) narrative history of American labor from the dawn of the industrial age to the present day.

From the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, the first real factories in America, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth century and their waning influence today, the con­test between labor and capital for their share of American bounty has shaped our national experience. Philip Dray's ambition is to show us the vital accomplishments of organized labor in that time and illuminate its central role in our social, political, economic, and cultural evolution. There Is Power in a Union is an epic, character-driven narrative that locates this struggle for security and dignity in all its various settings: on picket lines and in union halls, jails, assembly lines, corporate boardrooms, the courts, the halls of Congress, and the White House. The author demonstrates, viscerally and dramatically, the urgency of the fight for fairness and economic democracy--a struggle that remains especially urgent today, when ordinary Americans are so anxious and beset by eco­nomic woes.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385526296
Branch Call Number: 331.880973 DRAY
Characteristics: xii, 772 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


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May 21, 2012

Really good one volume history of the American Labor movement. If you want to learn about movements from below and how people can effect change this is a must read book.

Dec 22, 2010

An extremely engaging and well told history of the labor movement in the United States. Very fair and balanced, not afraid to tell it like it is even when it makes labor look bad. It is too bad that most of what is written about in this book is history that most Americans have never heard about or read about before. The story of labor in America should be in every curriculum in every school.

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