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The Dawning of American Labor


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Prologue: American Exceptionalism and the Great Strike of 1877

Chapter 1: Artisans in the New Republic, 1787-1825

The Artisan Workplace

The Political Economy of Early America

The Early Transformation of the Workplace

Rural Manufactures

The Economy of Seaport Cities

Manual Labor In and Out of the City

Economic Change and the Demise of the Artisan Order

Celebrating the New Era

Chapter 2: Labor in the Age of Jackson, 1825-1843

The Geography of Industrialization

Cultural Response to Industrialization

Holding Onto the Familiar

Religion, the Revivalists, and the New Work Ethic

Radical Resistance to the New Industrial Order

Chapter 3: The Industrial Worker in Free Labor America

Lynn as a Microcosm

Not Just Lynn

Labor Reform and the Remaking of American Society

Immigrant Workers Confront Nativism

Black Workers in a White World

Trade Unions on the Move in the 1850s

Chapter 4: From the Civil War to the Panic of 1873

Labor and the War

The "Great Lockout" of 1866

"Eight Hours for Labor, Eight for Recreation, and Eight for Rest"

Building a National Organization

Epilogue: A Tradition of Labor Protest Persists

Bibliographical Essay


About the Author

Brian Greenberg, PhD Emeritus Professor Emeritus Jules Plangere Chair in American Social History.

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