Subject: Business & Economics / Labor

Subject: Business & Economics / Labor

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Harry, Tom, and Father Rice

|9780822959663|Accusation and Betrayal in America’s Cold War| John Hoerr tells the story of three men—his uncle, Congressman Harry Davenport, union leader Tom Quinn, and Father Charles Owen Rice—whose lives became intertwined during the anti-Communist witch hunts of the McCarthy Era. The story helps illuminate one of the more repressive periods in American history, when thousands of Americans guilty only of enlisting in leftist causes were caught up in dragnets cast by overzealous Communist hunters on behalf of the House Un-American Activities Committee and other bodies. Much has been written about well-known cultural figures (the Hollywood Ten), and prominent writers (Arthur…

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The Glass House Boys of Pittsburgh

|9780822943778|Law, Technology, and Child Labor| At the end of the nineteenth century, Pittsburgh was leading the nation in glass production, and glass bottle plants in particular relied heavily on adolescent (and younger) males for their manufacturing process. These “glass house boys” worked both day and night, as plants ran around the clock to meet production demands and remain price competitive with their newly-automated rivals. Boys performed menial tasks, received low wages, and had little to say on their own behalf. By the turn of the century, most states had enacted laws banning children from working at night, and coupled with…

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The Emergence of a UAW Local, 1936–1939

|9780822984474|A Study in Class and Culture|Peter Friedlander documents the formation of a local United Automobile Workers union at a mid-sized parts factory during the turbulent 1930s. Blending oral history based on personal interviews with a keen analysis of the worker's class structure and widely varied cultural backgrounds, Freidlander describes the transformation of a working-class community by its own actions and the ensuing stratification and factionalizing within that union. The result is a firsthand account of the experience of unionization in personal and social terms.| Peter Friedlander|| Business & Economics / General Business & Economics / Labor History / United States…

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The Homestead Strike of 1892

|9780822953104|In 1893 Arthur Burgoyne, one of Pittsburgh’s most skilled and sensitive journalists, published Homestead, a complete history of the 1892 Homestead strike and the ensuing conflict between the Carnegie Steel Company and the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers. Accurate, readable, and judiciously balanced in assigning blame, this work gives crucial insight into a turbulent period in Pittsburgh’s history.| Arthur Burgoyne|| Business & Economics / Labor History / General History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)

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Steelmasters and Labor Reform, 1886-1923

|9780822985556|Gerald G. Eggert provides a fascinating inside view of top steel officials arguing their positions on various labor reforms—stock purchase plans, employer liability, employee representation, and elimination of the twelve-hour shift and seven-day work week, during the late eighteen and early nineteenth century.| Gerald G. Eggert|| Business & Economics / Labor History / General History / United States / 20th Century

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