LABOR IN AMERICA: A History by Foster Rhea Dulles


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Prof. Dulles has made labor history in the U.S. exciting in this informative history. In one volume he gives the reader a book that should take its place with the monumental four volume History of Labour in the United States by Commons, and appeal to a much wider general audience. He starts with labor conditions in the Colonial period, traces the struggle of labor parties, labor societies, labor leaders, down to the present day. There's the story of the rise and fall of the Knights of labor, of the IWW and its leaders, exciting reading. He traces the growth of the A F of L and the wise conservatism of its leader, Samuel Gompers. He portrays the split which resulted in the C I O under John Lewis, Sydney Hillman, Philip Murray and others and the further split within the C I O when Lewis took his miners out of the organization. Here you find an objective, fair and balanced review of labor's growth, an intelligent appraisal which gives full appreciation to the part played by Big Business and industry. It should prove a standard work for many years to come. Its note of authority, its clarity and conciseness, its dramatic value point to the fact that the author's newspaper training stands in good stead in his current role as professor of American history at Ohio State.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1949
Publisher: Crowell