Biography of a Labor Leader
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William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952, was a controversial figure whom historians invariably depict as bumbling, incompetent, vain, and ignorant; the cheerful servant of selfish and reactionary craft uinionists, and the person most directly responsible for the split in organized labor in 1935. This biography provides a social and political context for Green's actions in an attempt to vindicate one of the last heirs of a religiously inspired trade unionism that sought cooperation between labor and capital on the basis of biblical precepts.
Craig Phelan is Professor of History at Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts.
"This book is significant—it addresses the life of a critically important leader of the nation's largest union federation during crucial times in the formation of national labor-management issues. " — Charles Stephenson, Central Connecticut State University