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Best Labor History Books to Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Labor History books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America (2011)

Best Labor History Books to ReadFrom the nineteenth-century textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for the American bounty has shaped our national experience. In this stirring new history, Philip Dray shows us the vital accomplishments of organized labor and illuminates its central role in our social, political, economic, and cultural evolution. His epic, character-driven narrative not only restores to our collective memory the indelible story of American…
Author(s): Philip Dray

2. Labor in America: A History (2017)

Best Labor History Books to ReadFrom the Back Cover This book, designed to give a survey history of American labor from colonial times to the present, is uniquely well suited to speak to the concerns of today’s teachers and students. As issues of growing inequality, stagnating incomes, declining unionization, and exacerbated job insecurity have increasingly come to define working life over the last 20 years, a new generation of students and teachers is beginning to seek to understand labor and its place and ponder seriously its future in American life. Like its predecessors, this ninth edition of our classic survey of American labor is…
Author(s): Melvyn Dubofsky, Joseph A. McCartin

3. History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Vol. 1: From Colonial Times to the Founding of the American Federation of Labor (1979)

Best Labor History Books to ReadTraces the history of labor unions and the labor movement from America’s colonial era, through the Industrial Revolution, to the present…
Author(s): Philip S. Foner

4. History of the Labor Movement in the United States: Industrial Workers of the World (1965)

Best Labor History Books to ReadTraces the history of labor unions and the labor movement from America’s colonial era, through the Industrial Revolution, to the present…
Author(s): Philip S. Foner

5. American Labor: A Documentary Collection (2005)

Best Labor History Books to ReadThis comprehensive compilation of documents integrates institutional labor history (movements and trade unions) with aspects of social and cultural history. It charts changes in trade union and managerial practices and integrates the economics and politi…
Author(s): Melvyn Dubofsky

6. An A.c.t.i.o.n Guide For Union Reps, Stewards & Leaders In The Labor Movement (2010)

Best Labor History Books to ReadPaperback: 152 pages Publisher: Xlibris, Corp. (August 28, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1453532277 ISBN-13: 978-1453532270 Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #9552 in Motivational Self-Help (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): V Jesse J.d

7. Labor’s Mind: A History of Working-Class Intellectual Life (Working Class in American History) (2018)

Best Labor History Books to ReadBusiness leaders, conservative ideologues, and even some radicals of the early twentieth century dismissed working people’s intellect as stunted, twisted, or altogether missing. They compared workers toiling in America’s sprawling factories to animals, children, and robots. Working people regularly defied these expectations, cultivating the knowledge of experience and embracing a vibrant subculture of self-education and reading. Labor’s Mind uses diaries and personal correspondence, labor college records, and a range of print and visual media to recover this social history of the working-class mind. As Higbie…
Author(s): Tobias Higbie

8. Radicals in the Barrio: Magonistas, Socialists, Wobblies, and Communists in the Mexican-American Working Class (2018)

Best Labor History Books to ReadRadicals in the Barrio uncovers a long and rich history of political radicalism within the Mexican and Chicano working class in the United States. Chacón clearly and sympathetically documents the ways that migratory workers carried with them radical political ideologies, new organizational models, and shared class experience, as they crossed the border into southwestern barrios during the first three decades of the twentieth-century. previous work includes No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border (with Mike Davis)….
Author(s): Akers Chacón, Justin

9. Voices of Labor: History of the Working Class (2019)

Best Labor History Books to ReadHave you ever wondered how the 8 hour work day happened? Or how we have a 40 hour work week, sick days, pensions or vacations? It didn’t happen because a politician or president gave it to us; it happened because people came together, organized, and fought for it. This is the story of American labor history as told in a “This day in labor history” format. See what happened on your birthday, your anniversary or any of the other 363 days in Labor History. Read how working-class leaders like Mother Jones, Eugene Debs, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and Joe Hill, and everyday workers made US Labor History by striking, protesting and even…
Author(s): Steve Sears

10. Researches and Missionary Labours Among the Jews, Mohammedans, and Other Sects (Classic Reprint) (2018)

Best Labor History Books to ReadExcerpt from Researches and Missionary Labours Among the Jews, Mohammedans, and Other SectsMay 4. – I dined with the Armenian Catholic Archbishop, (to whom I had been recommended by Sir Robert Gordon) and with the Primates of the Armenian Catholics. It is to be Observed, that the Armenian Catholics, and Orientals in general, subject to the Pope, are frequently very liberal when not watched by Italian Priests.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical…
Author(s): Joseph Wolff

11. Labor’s Untold Story: The Adventure Story of the Battles, Betrayals and Victories of American Working Men and Women (1979)

Best Labor History Books to ReadFundamentally, labor’s story is the story of the American people. To view it narrowly, to concentrate on the history of specific trade unions or on the careers of individuals and their rivalries, would be to miss the point that the great forces which have swept the American people into action have been the very forces that have also molded labor. Trade unionism was born as an effective national movement amid the great convulsion of the Civil War and the fight for black freedom… Labor suffered under depressions which spurred the whole American people…
Author(s): Richard O. Boyer, Herbert M. Morais

12. The Child Labor Reform Movement: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: History) (2013)

Best Labor History Books to ReadIt’s the 1800s, and you are a child from a poor family. You have to go to work to keep from starving. Will you: Work as a pauper apprentice in an English factory? Emigrate from Ireland in order to work in the New England cloth mills? Make your living on the streets of New York City selling newspapers? Everything in this book happened to real people. And YOU CHOOSE what you do next. The choices you make could lead you to opportunity, to wealth, to poverty, or even to death….
Author(s): Steven Otfinoski

Best Labor History Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some labor history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Race and gender discrimination across urban labor markets : Susanne Schmitz

Author(s): Susanne Schmitz
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 22 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2257322

Labor’s Mind: A History of Working-Class Intellectual Life

Author(s): Tobias Higbie
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2308538

The American Lab: An Insider’s History of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Author(s): C. Bruce Tarter
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 27 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2327169

Out of Sync and Out of Work: History and the Obsolescence of Labor in Contemporary Culture

Author(s): Joel Burges
Publisher: Rutgers University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2404719

Media and Culture in the U.S. Jewish Labor Movement: Sweating for Democracy in the Interwar Era

Author(s): Brian Dolber
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1676082

Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Author(s): Rosemary Feurer, Chad Pearson
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2196925

Sewing the Fabric of Statehood: Garment Unions, American Labor, and the Establishment of the State of Israel

Author(s): Adam M Howard
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Year: 2017, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2240774

Labor in America: A History

Author(s): Melvyn Dubofsky; Joseph A. McCartin
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2017, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2243213

Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957

Author(s): Nancy Raquel Mirabal
Publisher: New York University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2258423

Child Labor in the British Victorian Entertainment Industry: 1875–1914

Author(s): Dyan Colclough
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1481793

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really record-breakers according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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