The Samuel Gompers Papers
The Postwar Years 1918-21 Postwar Years 1919-21 v. 11
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Samuel Gompers Papers by Samuel Gompers
Book DescriptionVolume 11 of the Samuel Gompers Papers documents a pivotal moment in labor history, when the wartime promise of industrial democracy gave way to business as usual in the postwar world. Spanning a turbulent period of wildcat strikes, racial unrest, and political experimentation, this volume presents the efforts of Gompers and the AFL to defend collective bargaining, protect hard-won wartime gains, and advance labor's role as a partner in economic prosperity and social progress. This indispensable volume includes such episodes as the Seattle General Strike, the 1919 coal and steel strikes, the rise of the \u0022American\u0022 open-shop plan, and John L. Lewis's unsuccessful campaign to replace Gompers as AFL president. It also covers Gompers's participation in the Versailles Peace Conference, his involvement with anti-immigration legislation, the founding of the AFL's Nonpartisan Political Campaign Committee, and the demands of black and women workers in the postwar era.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252033896
(5830mm x 3895mm x 43mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
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Focuses on the AFL's struggle to serve the nation and the labour movement during the critical period when American neutrality gave way to war. Beginning with Gompers' last minute effort to persuade German workers to avoid war with the United States, this book follows the labour movement's internal debate over the meaning of American participation.
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Author Biography - Samuel Gompers
Peter J. Albert and Grace Palladino are codirectors of the Samuel Gompers Papers and members of the history faculty at the University of Maryland. Peter J. Albert's other books include the fifteen-volume Perspectives on the American Revolution, coedited with Ronald Hoffman. Grace Palladino's most recent book is Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits: A Century of Building Trades History.
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