In any economy, the role of labor is absolutely primary. In the framework of American democracy, the evolving role of labor is both complex and revealing of an entire political philosophy. Here, from the first colonial days through the controversy between aristocrats and democrats, through an epoch of white and black slavery, early unionization, depressions, automation, and current union dilemmas, is the story of the American worker. This is a group bound only by tenuous class affiliation, one of the most powerful and intricate factions in the world. Recommended as an essential supplement to the study of this country's history.