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Labor in America: A History 8th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0882952730
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“However grim the present may seem for workers and the labor movement, their future—as the last half-century testifies—remains open. As has happened several times in the past, a revitalized labor movement may yet emerge in the course of the twenty-first century.”
—Melvyn Dubofsky

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 8 edition (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882952730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882952734
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not "Capitalism in America". It is not "Management in America". If you can accept the focus on labor and the concerns for labor, this may be a useful book for you.

I wasn't offerered a class in Labor in High School. It would have been a big help in entering the work world, if I had had the sense to listen to it then. Now I've been working decades but this book is still a big help. My sense of labor history has been terrible.

There were slaves. In colonial times, there were indentured servants. Within the past century, government forces have been used to imprison or kill people who went on strike. To the extent our government finds itself in war, it doesn't want to lose products and services to strikers, so there are laws that can be invoked to force people to work. Labor unions may have become content to do a minimal amount. Industrial unions have been heavily resisted by employers and the government, although even today the Industrial Workers of the World is making constructive efforts.

Haymarket. Homestead. Names worth knowing and honoring. Will worker conditions slide back? Knowing history helps, this isn't the first time unemployment, cheap labor, or new technology threatened labor. As capital has responded with welfare capitalism, with hi tech niceties like stock options and free soda, as McDonaldization spread workers out but under a common corporate control. as they are fewer tough workers like miners and longshoreman, as globalism undermines the benefit of local work forces's unity, understanding labor history and wisdom is as important as ever before.

Understanding labor issues is central to understanding one's life, to feeling deep in one's joints all the years one will be work. It will be up to you to turn this fact-filled book into a healthy path for yourself and perhaps others.
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This text was very useful for learning the history of labor in America. It also did an excellent job of mentioning how unions were developed and regulated. Recommending this book for anyone interested in understanding the evolution of relationships between workers and employers seems to be the only logical thing to do. Enjoy!
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I'll be using this text in my 200-level labor history class next fall, and the students will be well served. This tome began over sixty years ago when the new social history had yet to make its mark, and my one critique is that the institutional perspective remains dominant. But in his many updates of this classic Dubofsky traces the growth and decline of organized labor in the US with balance and precision. My source material will balance it out nicely with a large dollop of social history, but Dubofsky's book provides a fine anchor for me to start with.
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an absoulty amazing book covering America's labor struggle from the begining to current day.
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I bought this Labor in America: A History book for one of my classes at the National Labor College. This book is filled with great labor information.
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By J. Foster on February 17, 2016
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I have used earlier versions of this book since graduate school. It still is relevant.
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