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Working Detroit

Steve Babson
with Ron Alpern, Dave Elsila, and John Revitte

Working Detroit documents the events in the city's ongoing struggle to build an industrial society that is both prosperous and humane.

Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814345092

Maurice Sugar

Law, Labor, and the Left in Detroit, 1912-1950

Christopher H. Johnson

A biography of the life of Maurice Sugar, a labor activist and lawyer for the United Auto Workers, highlighting his struggles of the early 1930s to bring the union message to Detroit.

Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344835
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814340042

The Troubled Origins of the Italian Catholic Labor Movement, 1878–1914

Sándor Agócs

Sándor Agócs presents an intellectual and social history of the nascent Italian labor movement, exploring the conflicts between the conservative Catholic hierarchy and Catholic activists.

Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343302
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343319

All-American Anarchist

Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement

Carlotta R. Anderson

All-American Anarchist offers a comprehensive biography of influential Detroit labor activist Joseph A. Labadie.

Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343265
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343272

Pages from a Black Radical's Notebook

A James Boggs Reader

Edited by Stephen M. Ward
With an Afterword by Grace Lee Boggs

Collects nearly four decades’ worth of writings by Detroit political and labor activist James Boggs.

Published: March 2011
ISBN: 9780814332566
Published: March 2011
ISBN: 9780814336410

American Vanguard

The United Auto Workers during the Reuther Years, 1935-1970

John Barnard

Geared toward general readers and scholars alike, American Vanguard presents the first history of the UAW, one of America’s most significant workers’ organizations, from its origins through its period of greatest impact.

Published: September 2005
ISBN: 9780814332979
Published: September 2005
ISBN: 9780814329474

The Practical Utopians

American Workers and the Cooperative Movement in the Gilded Age

Steve Leikin

An exploration of the ideological conflicts and practical experiences of late-nineteenth-century American workers who pursued "cooperation" as an alternative to "competitive" capitalism.

Published: January 2005
ISBN: 9780814331286

A Wobbly Life

IWW Organizer E. F. Doree

Ellen Doree Rosen
Introduction by Melvyn Dubofsky

Through personal letters and narrative, A Wobbly Life details the life, imprisonment, and eventual freedom of one of the last and most important Industrial Workers of the World voices.

Published: July 2004
ISBN: 9780814332030

Caribbean Labor and Politics

Legacies of Cheddi Jagan and Michael Manley

Edited by Perry Mars & Alma H. Young

A pioneering collection of studies linking the political and labor backgrounds of two distinguished and dynamic leaders of the Caribbean and the Third World.

Published: May 2004
ISBN: 9780814332115

Community-Based Organizations

The Intersection of Social Capital and Local Context in Contemporary Urban Society

Edited by Robert Mark Silverman

A critical examination of the social capital debate, which establishes a foundation for progressive reform in community development practice and local government.

Published: February 2004
ISBN: 9780814331576

"My World Is Gone"

Memories of Life in a Southern Cotton Mill Town

George G. Suggs, Jr.

In this firsthand account of his native Bladenboro, North Carolina, George G. Suggs, Jr., captures in rich detail the world of a thriving cotton mill town where the company was dominant but workers had forged a strong community.

Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780814330357

The Reuther Brothers

Walter, Roy, and Victor

by Mike and Pam Smith

This book portrays the brothers' lifelong commitment to each other and to workers' rights.

Published: August 2001
ISBN: 9780814329955
Published: August 2001
ISBN: 9780814329948
Published: August 2001
ISBN: 9780814339886

Which Direction for Organized Labor?

Essays on Organizing, Outreach, and Internal Transformations

Edited by Bruce Nissen

Which Direction for Organized Labor? addresses critical questions facing the U.S. labor movements as it approaches the twenty-first century.

Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814327791

Ideology and Change

The Transformation of the Caribbean Left

Perry Mars

Leftist political movements, organizations, and trends in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814327692
Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814338513

Labor History Archives in the United States

A Guide for Researching and Teaching

Edited by Daniel J. Leab and Philip P. Mason

This book makes available in one source descriptions of most of the major archival collections in the field of labor history at U.S. libraries.

Published: June 1992
ISBN: 9780814323892

Conquering Goliath

Cesar Chavez at the Beginning

Fred Ross

Fred Ross, a living legend among those who work to empower the underdog and effect social change by means of grass-roots activism, tells the story of Cesar Chavez's first organizing effort.

Published: January 1992
ISBN: 9780962529801

Michigan's Lumbertowns

Lumbermen and Laborers in Saginaw, Bay City, and Muskegon, 1870-1905

Jeremy W. Kilar

This study is a comprehensive history of these lumbertowns from their inception as frontier settlements to their emergence as reshaped industrial centers.

Published: August 1990
ISBN: 9780814320730

Punching Out

Jim Daniels

Jim Daniels takes readers inside an auto factory to experience the frustrations, the dehumanization, and the small victories found there.

Published: March 1990
ISBN: 9780814321911

Theories of the Labor Movement

Edited by Simeon Larson & Bruce Nissen

A collection of readings respecting both the history a labor theories and the variety of theoretical points of view concerning the labor movement.

Published: April 1987
ISBN: 9780814318164
Published: April 1987
ISBN: 9780814318157