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  1.  The ABC-CIO Companion to Women in the Workplace

    The ABC-CIO Companion to Women in the Workplace

    $10.00

    The history of paid employment for women, whether they are assembly line workers, astronauts, cowgirls, prostitutes, members of the President's Cabinet, or Supreme Court justices...this is the territory mapped out by The ABC-CLIO Companion to Women in the Workplace. Addressing the sweep of time from the colonial era to the present, the entries cover the events, organizations, and court cases that have changed working conditions for women and pinpoint the terms, concepts, and major issues confronted by women in industrial and professional careers, in nontraditional occupations, and as entrepreneurs. Several of the entries are biographical sketches that identify the individuals - both well known and obscure - whose particular struggles and achievements combine to weave the historical tapestry of women at work. The book's A-to-Z entries are carefully cross-referenced to direct the reader to related topics; access to the entries is further enhanced by an end-of-book subject index. A separate section contains a concise chronology of events, and a bibliography points to sources for additional reading. Several black-and-white photographs bring people and places to life as only illustrations can. A well-organized volume that treats the full scope of the topic, this important reference source will be a boon to anyone investigation the diverse field of women at work. Learn More
  2. A Century of Organized Labor in France: A union movement for the twenty-first century?

    A Century of Organized Labor in France: A union movement for the twenty-first century?

    $10.00

    Since 1895, When the Confederation Générale du Travail (CGT) was born, the trade union movement in France has experienced a turbulent century of development that has had an enormous impact on French polity, society, and economy. For the last century, the French labour movement has occupied a unique and crucial place in the European working-class movement. In February of 1996, Colombia University and New York University marked the centennial of the French labour movement by jointly sponsoring a conference to reflect on the history of this movement and on the future prospects for trade unionism in France. A Century of Organized Labor in France is a collection of papers presented at that conference, written by distinguished historians and social scientists form both France and the United States, as well as by important French trade union leaders. Offering an interdisciplinary approach that is rare among studies on this subject, this volume examines the trajectory of the French labour movement and provides rich lessons for students of contemporary France, Western European Politics and society, and comparative labour movements. Learn More
  3. A Girl Among the Anarchists

    A Girl Among the Anarchists

    $12.00

    Originally published in 1903, this is a cracking novel, on the turn of the century British anarchist movement, and the role of women therein. The narrator, Isabel Meredith is the pseudonym of Helen and Olivia Rossetti, daughters of William Michael Rossetti and nieces of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Their fin-de-siecle tenure as editors of the renowned British anarchist journal The Torch provided the experience that went into this entertaining and knowing novel. Includes an introduction by Jennifer Shaddock. Learn More
  4. A New South Rebellion

    A New South Rebellion

    $15.00

    The Battle Against Convict Labor in the Tennessee Coalfields, 1871-1896

    by Karin A. Shapiro

    In 1891, thousands of Tennessee miners rose up against the use of convict labor by the state's coal companies, eventually engulfing five mountain communities in a rebellion against government authority. Propelled by the insurgent sensibilities of Populism and Gilded Age unionism, the miners initially sought to abolish the convict lease system through legal challenges and legislative lobbying. When nonviolent tactics failed to achieve reform, the predominantly white miners repeatedly seized control of the stockades and expelled the mostly black convicts from the mining districts. Insurrection hastened the demise of convict leasing in Tennessee, though at the cost of greatly weakening organized labor in the state's coal regions.

    Exhaustively researched and vividly written, A New South Rebellion brings to life the hopes that rural southerners invested in industrialization and the political tensions that could result when their aspirations were not met. Karin Shapiro skillfully analyzes the place of convict labor in southern economic development, the contested meanings of citizenship in late-nineteenth-century America, the weaknesses of Populist-era reform politics, and the fluidity of race relations during the early years of Jim Crow. 

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  5. A Tale of Three Cities

    A Tale of Three Cities

    $10.00

    A Tale of Three Cities: Labor Organization and Protest in Paterson, Passaic, and Lawrence, 1916-1921

    by David J. Goldberg

    A history of efforts by textile workers in Paterson and Passaic, New Jersey, and Lawrence, Mass., to organize a permanent industrial union between 1916 and 1921, efforts that built upon earlier IWW campaigns but were ultimately unable to overcome internal divisions.

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  6. A Year in the Life of a Factory

    A Year in the Life of a Factory

    $14.00

    by Maynard Sneider

    In 1973, out of work university graduate Maynard Seider took the only job he could get in San Francisco at the time, at a factory. Here's an account of his year of factory toil - and of his workmates, management, rebellion, the union, and a whole lot more

    'I learned more about worklife from this account of a run-of-the-mill year and run-of-the-mill strike, than from a hundred stories of historic labor struggles. Seider shows that those nameless and faceless factories that litter the view from freeways in every American city are battlegrounds where a war is fought at a low, low heat, but fought daily.'
    --Joan Holden, playwright, San Francisco Mime Troupe
    'Seider has a wonderful ability to portray the intimate details of workgroups and the interplay of personality and power in the world of work. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about what it's like to work in a factory today or to introduce students to the realities of American industrial life.'
    --Jeremy Brecher

     

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  7. Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel

    Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel

    $15.00

    In this sympathetic history of a maligned decade, Marty Jezer, a fellow antiwar activist, details Abbie Hoffman's humor, manic energy, depressive spells, political skills, & above all, his incurable & still contagious optimism. He presents a thoughtful, solidly researched biography of the wildly creative & iconoclastic Yippie, portraying Hoffman as a fresh force in American political culture. Jezer surveys in detail the politics, philosophies, & struggles of the antiwar movement. Learn More
  8. Abolish Restaurants: A Worker's Critique of the Food Service Industry

    Abolish Restaurants: A Worker's Critique of the Food Service Industry

    $6.95

    A 60-page illustrated guide to the daily misery, stress, boredom, and alienation of restaurant work, as well as the ways restaurant workers fight against it. Drawing on a range of anticapitalist ideas as well as a heaping plate of personal experience, it is part analysis and part call-to-arms. Learn More
  9. African Population and Capitalism

    African Population and Capitalism

    $14.00

    This is a synthesis of case studies and theory which takes issue with established African demographic theory, emphasising that demography is an historical process, a permanent and varied adaptation to social and economic change. The book covers 20 African societies in the sub-Saharan region, examining not the effects of slavery, colonialism and capitalism on each, but also the resistance and resilience of indigenous African institutions and individuals. Learn More
  10. Am I My Brother's Keeper?

    Am I My Brother's Keeper?

    $14.00

    A Study of British Columbia's Labor & Oriental Problems

    by Agnes C. Laut

    Just before the outbreak of the Great War, members of the Industrial Workers of the World—the infamous Wobblies who enlivened the nightmares of capitalists across North America—went on strike in British Columbia, calling for humane conditions. The action followed years of racist incidents in BC against 'Orientals' (Chinese, Japanese and Indians). In the mind of Central Canada, these two obviously distinct facts were somehow linked, if only by the province's climate of extremism. Saturday Night, a fearless champion of the overdog, sent the popular historian Agnes Laut to investigate. Her articles—outwardly so reasonable to Canadian ears at the time but now shocking and repulsive for their bigotry and hatred—were so popular that they were quickly reprinted in pamphlet form. The work was entitled Am I My Brother's Keeper? Only a few copies survived—and these have been gathering dust for ninety years. Now this curious piece of propaganda has been republished with great care, with a contextualizing introduction by Mark Leier, the author of Where the Fraser River Flows: The Industrial Workers of the World in British Columbia and other important works in Canadian labor history. For all its incendiary falseness, the text speaks to us clearly of how labor, race, immigration, radicalism and gender were understood (and practiced) in western Canada at the time.

     

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