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  1. Working At Play: A History of Vacations in the United States

    Working At Play: A History of Vacations in the United States

    $12.00

    In Working at Play, Cindy Aron offers the first full length history of how Americans have vacationed--from eighteenth-century planters who summered in Newport to twentieth-century urban workers who headed for camps in the hills. In the early nineteenth century, vacations were taken for health more than for fun, as the wealthy traveled to watering places, seeking cures for everything from consumption to rheumatism. But starting in the 1850s, the growth of a white- collar middle class and the expansion of railroads made vacationing a mainstream activity. Aron charts this growth with grace and insight, tracing the rise of new vacation spots as the nation and the middle class blossomed. She shows how late nineteenth-century resorts became centers of competitive sports--bowling, tennis, golf, hiking, swimming, and boating absorbed the hours. But as vacationing grew, she writes, fears of the dangers of idleness grew with it. Religious camp grounds, where gambling, drinking, and bathing on Sundays were prohibited, became established resorts. At the same time 'self improvement' vacations began to flourish, allowing a middle class still uncomfortable with the notion of leisure to feel productive while at play. With vivid detail and much insight, Working at Play offers a lively history of the vacation, throwing new light on the place of work and rest in American culture. Learn More
  2. CLEARANCE Joe Hill - By Carlos Cortez

    CLEARANCE Joe Hill - By Carlos Cortez

    $8.00

    Joe Hill poster by Carlos Cortez This item is being sold at a discount due to damage. Flaws may include wrinkles, tears and/or slight water damage. Actual image is not distorted as damage occurs primarily around the edges of the poster. Enjoy a vintage look for a fraction of the price! Die-lots and frame proportions are approximated here. Learn More
  3. Carlos Cortez Poster 3 Pack

    Carlos Cortez Poster 3 Pack

    $30.00

    All 3 Carlos Cortez posters: Joe Hill, Ben Fletcher and Lucy Parsons. Carlos Cortez was a Mexican-American Chicago based artist and IWW activist. Posters are regularly priced at $12 each. This set comes at a $6 discount. Each poster is 17 inches wide by 22 inches high and printed by union labor. Die-lots and frame proportions are approximated here. Learn More
  4. Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl: Soapbox Artist & Poet BOOK

    Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl: Soapbox Artist & Poet BOOK

    $18.00

    Exhibition catalog of Mexican-American Chicago based artist and IWW activist. Creator of our Joe Hill, Ben Fletcher and Lucy Parsons posters. Learn More
  5. When We Stand Together: Songs of Joe Hill, The IWW, and Fellow Workers

    When We Stand Together: Songs of Joe Hill, The IWW, and Fellow Workers

    $12.00

    A collection of classic songs of labor, featuring previously unheard arrangements of original compositions by famed Wobbly bard, Joe Hill, songs of other fellow workers, and two original compositions including one about Eugene Victor Debs. Learn More
  6. Race Class and Community in Southern Labor History

    Race Class and Community in Southern Labor History

    $20.00

    Under the leadership of Gary M. Fink and Merl E. Reed, Georgia State University hosts the Southern Labor Studies Conferences approximately every two years. The conferences have yielded two previous volumes, published in 1977 and 1981, and this volume, which contains selected papers from the seventh conference held in 1991. The essays in this volume will enlighten the reader on many important aspects of the history of southern labor, and they will also raise new questions to be explained by other scholars and future conferences. Learn More
  7. On the Left in America: Memoirs of the Scandinavian-American Labor Movement

    On the Left in America: Memoirs of the Scandinavian-American Labor Movement

    $20.00

    Swedish immigrants in general were conservative, but Bengston and others—most notably Joe Hill—joined the working-class labor movement on the left, primarily as Debsian socialists, although their ranks included other socialists, communists, and anarchists. Involved in the radical labor movement on many fronts, Bengston was the editor of Svenska Socialisten from 1912 until he dropped out of the Scandinavian Socialist Federation in 1920. Even after 1920, however, his sympathies remained with the movement he had once strongly espoused. Learn More
  8. Little Red Songbook 38th Edition

    Little Red Songbook 38th Edition

    $5.00

    Celebrate the Centenary of Joe Hill's execution (November 19, 1915) by singing the songs of Joe Hill from the IWW's most popular publication since 1905!

    Songs of the IWW to fan the flames of discontent

    Now with new songs and your old favorites, the new 38th edition of the Little Red Songbook is now available!

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  9. Women Plantation Workers: International Experiences

    Women Plantation Workers: International Experiences

    $15.00

    Edited by Shobhita Jain and Rhoda Reddock

    This pioneering collection of essays brings together a description and analysis of women workers and the socio-economic systems of plantations world-wide. The plantation remains a formidable force in many areas of the world and new trends towards tree farming call for further examination of its agriculture. Women have, in the past, constituted a considerable precentage of the work force in this milieu, and continue to do so.

    Using specific case studies of historical and contemporary plantations, an account is given of the history of female labour, focusing on the colonial and post-colonial eras. The essays examine reasons for women's degraded status and emphasize, in particular, issues relating to migrant workers.

    The gradual move away from traditional family roles is, to some extent, reflected in variations in the position of the female plantation worker. However, where inequalities in class and status continue to characterize plantation life, capitalist and patriarchal control prevails.

    Both chilling and bracing, the sufferings of plantation labourers may seem remote to most of us, but they are still very much part of the contemporary world. Providing a close insight into the lives of the female protagonists, these essays have given an opportunity for their stories to be heard.

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  10. Red Hunting in the Promised Land

    Red Hunting in the Promised Land

    $18.95

    Anticommunism and the making of America

    by Joel Kovel

    In the wake of the cold war, an eminent social critic examines the roots of America's anticommunist frenzy. What amounted to an American civil religion for nearly half a century was at least as much a spiritual as a political phenomenon, according to Joel Kovel. It succeeded because it mobilized fears about our own social and individual identities against a demonized enemy. Organized around a series of compelling portraits of leading politicians and ideologues, Red Hunting in the Promised Land traces the evolution of anticommunism from the time of the Bolshevik Revolution to the collapse of Communism in our time. Beginning with the great red scare of 1919, Kovel goes on to explore the diabolic imaginings of Father Coughlin and his brand of anti-Semitic anticommunism; George Kennan and his elitist vision of the national security state; John Foster Dulles and the apocalyptic world of 'massive retaliation'; J. Edgar Hoover and the paranoia of socio-sexual repression; Joe McCarthy and the right-wing populism of the 'American Inquisition'; Hubert Humphrey and the strange career of liberal anticommunism; James Angleton and the knight errantry of anticommunism at the CIA; and lastly the denouement of the 'Evil Empire' in the age of Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Cold war anticommunism was not the first of our great 'red scares.' Kovel points out that the original, far more extended 'red scare' was the European reaction to indigenous peoples, or Native Americans, who had to be diabolized so that their lands could be expropriated. What is it about America that has made both our leadership and the public repeatedly prone to hunt enemies in great crusades of moral absolutism? By shifting attention from its object, Communism, to its subject, American civilization, the book challenges the basic understanding of the nature of anticommunism. It draws connections between anticommunism as an internal control mechanism and anticommunism as the instrument of foreign policy, relat 

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