Life and Labor
Dimensions of American Working-Class History
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Life and Labor brings together the most stimulating scholarship in the field of labor history today. Its fifteen essays explore the impact of industrialization and technology on the lives of working people and their responses to the changes in society over the past one-hundred-fifty years. Focusing on the everyday life of working-class Americans, it discusses such topics as production technology, occupational mobility, industrial violence, working women, resistance to exploitation, fraternal organizations, and social and leisure-time activities.
The essays are written in a lively manner accessible to an undergraduate audience and also provide insights and a solid background for graduate students and scholars in the field of American labor and social history. The book presents the work of members of the generation of labor and social historians who matured in the 1970s and who are now establishing themselves as leaders in their fields.
Charles Stephenson is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Central Connecticut State University. Robert Asher is Associate Professor at The University of Connecticut, Storrs.
"This collection is an excellent presentation of recent research in the new labor history. ..I regard the book as central to this field at this time. " — Irwin Yellowitz, The City College of the City University of New York
"This book presents vigorously and with consistency the work of a forceful and important younger generation of scholars. The articles represent the very best that is being done in this area. " — Daniel J. Leab, editor, Labor History