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The labor wars: from the Molly Maguires to the sitdowns.


[1st ed.].. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday [1973] .
ISBN 9780385050883, 0385050887

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Subjects Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926.
Gompers, Samuel, 1850-1924.
Industrial Workers of the World.
Labor disputes -- United States -- History.
Labor unions -- United States -- History.
Strikes and lockouts -- United States -- History.
United Mine Workers of America.
Description xiii, 366 pages illustrations 25 cm
Copyright Date [1973]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-354).
Summary A comprehensive look at the history of the American labor movement. Takes the reader from the Molly Maguires through Eugene Debs and the Pullman Strike, Big Bill Haywood and the Wobblies, and the 1937 Flint sitdowns to the 1970 General Motors strike.
An account of the bloody and revolutionary battles that marked the rise of the American labor movement. From the first famous martyrs, the "Molly Maguires" in the 1870s Pennsylvania coal fields, to the crucial workers' victory of the 1930s in the sitdown strike against General Motors, it was a history of pitched battle that frequently erupted into open warfare. One union even won a naval engagement (against a shipload of scabs). But this is also the story of the factional wars within the movement itself, and of the great leaders the movement generated: Eugene V. Debs, Samuel Gompers, William Z. Foster, Bill Haywood, John L. Lewis, Walter Reuther, and many more. Their lives, and the life of the movement they built, carry a special relevance today, even though labor chieftains now hold meetings poolside at resorts. For the labor wars were fought violently and often illegally, against the arrayed power of antagonistic courts, sheriffs, police, National Guardsmen and even Presidents.--From publisher description.
Contents A tale of six decades -- The Molly Maguires -- Two weeks of insurrection -- The bomb at Haymarket -- Naval war at Homestead -- The Debs revolution -- War in the Rockies -- Halfway house -- The Wobblies -- Bread and roses -- First round in mass production -- The lean years -- Impending victory -- Clearing the cobwebs -- Sitdown! Sitdown! -- The ides of yesterday and tomorrow.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)613650
(OCoLC)ocm00613650
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