Defining Moments in American History: Workers Unite! The American Labor Movement

Editor/Author Hillstrom, Kevin
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.

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ISBN: 978-0-7808-1130-0
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 44
Book Status: Available
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Provides a detailed account of the American labor movement and explores the movements lasting social, economic, and political impact into the modern era.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book
  • Research Topics for Workers Unite! The American Labor Movement
  • NARRATIVE OVERVIEW
  • Prologue
  • Chapter One: American Workers in an Industrializing World
  • Chapter Two: Sweat and Blood
  • Chapter Three: Radicals, Progressives, and the Working Man
  • Chapter Four: The New Deal Lifts Unions
  • Chapter Five: Banner Days for American Unions
  • Chapter Six: Down a Path of Permanent Decline?
  • BIOGRAPHIES
  • Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926): Labor Organizer and Five-Time Presidential Nominee of the Socialist Party of America
  • Samuel Gompers (1850-1924): Founder and Longtime President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL)
  • William “Big Bill” Haywood (1869-1928): Leader of the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) and co-founder of the International Workers of the World (IWW)
  • Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1975): President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1837-1930): Labor Organizer and Activist
  • John L. Lewis (1880-1969): President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and Founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
  • George Meany (1894-1980): President of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • Walter P. Reuther (1907-1970): President of the United Auto Workers (UAW)
  • PRIMARY SOURCES
  • A Textile Mill Worker Mourns the Hardships of the Factory System, 1845
  • The Knights of Labor Explain Their Cause and Issue Demands, 1878
  • Eugene Debs Asks “What Can We Do for Working People?” 1890
  • Samuel Gompers Answers the Question, “What Does Labor Want?” 1893
  • Clarence Darrow Defends Unions in the “Trial of the Century,” 1907
  • Investigating the Ludlow Massacre, 1915
  • Laying the Groundwork for the National Labor Relations Act, 1935
  • Remembering the Flint Sit-Down Strike, 1937
  • Walter Reuther Discusses Labor's Role in Building a Better Society, 1952
  • The AFL and CIO Reunite, 1955
  • Confronting Union Corruption, 1957
  • President Ronald Reagan Comments on the Air Traffic Controller Strike, 1981
  • Debating the Future of Unions, 2009
  • One Labor Leader's Perspective on the Future of American Unions, 2010
  • Important People, Places, and Terms
  • Chronology
  • Sources for Further Study
  • Bibliography
  • Photo and Illustration Credits