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Immigration and American Unionism (Cornell Studies in Industrial and Labor Relations) 1st Edition

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"Briggs' book could not be more timely. In the 1990s a radically new creature has been emerging in American labor history―a pro-immigration trade union movement. . . . Briggs' book is an essential education for those who care about this issue and its implications for the country."―David Simcox, Center for Immigration Studies. The Social Contract, Summer 2001

"In general, Briggs' book offers an excellent overview of US political and economic history. The author does an admirable job highlighting the controversies surrounding enactment of the several legislature measures aimed at restricting mass immigration in the US."―Stephen Blumenfeld, Victoria University of Wellington. The Journal of Industrial Relations, March 2002

"Briggs has written a powerful critique of U.S. immigration policy, which he says explains organized labor's decline in recent decades. . . An informative and provocative book. In particular, for those who seek to understand labor's decline in recent decades (including historians, economists, and policy analysts) or those who wish to reverse this alarming trend, Briggs concluding suggestions regarding changes in immigration and labor law should be required reading."―Peter Cole, Western Illinois University. History: Review of New Books, October 2001

"The book is engagingly written and the overall thesis appears sound."―Choice, October 2001, Vol. 39, No. 2

"The issue of how to deal with surges in immigrant workers, both documented and undocumented, continues to be fraught with controversy within the American labor movement, and this book is an excellent addition to the debate. . . . Briggs does an excellent job representing the conservative side in the debate over immigration policy."―Laurie Graham, Indiana University-Kokomo. Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 31, No. 4

"Vernon Briggs weaves together the history of economic and political forces that drove American industry, the response of labor, and the counter-response of industry. . . . Briggs advocates strict control of illegal immigration by controlling the border, by inspecting worksites, by controlling documents. If the INS enforced laws, there would be no illegal immigrants for employers to manipulate or intimidate to prevent them from voting for union representation."―E. Paul Durrenberger, Pennsylvania State University, Anthropology of Work Review, XXIII:1-2, 2002

"While unions in Europe have favored immigrants for some time, those in the United States have traditionally opposed increased immigration. This useful and engaging book is a strong work on the shared history of unions and immigration. As such, will appeal both to serious scholars and to a general readership."―B. Lindsay Lowell, Director of Research, Institute for the Study of International Migration

"Immigration and American Unionism is an economic history of the United States that explores the interactions between immigration, labor, and unions. Vernon Briggs is the nation's leading institutional labor economist, and this remarkable book provides a well-written and timely examination of one of the major public policy issues of the day."―Philip Martin, University of California, Davis

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