Labor in Retreat: Class and Community among Men's Clothing Workers of Chicago, 1871-1929
State University of New York Press, 2001. Softcover. Based on research into the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), an industrial union with a progressive posture, Labor in Retreat details workplace politics in a larger context and presents a fresh view on the origins of business unionism, with significant implications for a different perspective on American immigration history. Focusing on Chicago and using a wealth of primary sources, Youngsoo Bae analyzes residential patterns, social institutions, and social relationships and posits that the weakened sense of community among ethnic groups after World War I, rather than the unfavorable atmosphere of the day, had a major impact upon the ACWA turning toward business unionism. Fine. Item #7468
Octavo, 295 pp. In wraps. From the personal library of Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln biographer and historian David Herbert Donald. Book appear unread; spine, uncreased.