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Alright, Labor supporters, recommend some books, please. (Original Post) BlueIris May 2011 OP
Writings of Eugene V Debs: A Collection of Essays by America's Most Famous Socialist TBF Dec 2011 #1
Here is a bookstore full of nothing but labor Omaha Steve Dec 2011 #2
very cool -- I'd bookmark this if I could fishwax Dec 2011 #7
Some recent books nadinbrzezinski Dec 2011 #3
The Shock Doctrine secondvariety Dec 2011 #4
Rayback - A History of American Labor CatholicEdHead Dec 2011 #5
1960 and on, many, feature on some of the corruption within the labor unions, especially the demosincebirth Jan 2012 #9
"In Dubious Battle", a novel by John Steinbeck limpyhobbler Dec 2011 #6
Them and Us: The Struggles of a Rank-and-File Union James J. Matles & James Higgins Cal Carpenter Dec 2011 #8
I found this one which goes to the present (Jan 2010) CatholicEdHead Jan 2012 #10

Omaha Steve

(100,319 posts)
2. Here is a bookstore full of nothing but labor
Tue Dec 6, 2011, 10:19 PM
Dec 2011

They also have a new catalog coming out: https://commerce2.pair.com/unionist/ccp7/


Our 100 percent union bookstore offers the largest, most varied and helpful selection of hand-picked books ever created for union leaders, activists and rank-and-file members. Many of our 150-plus titles can’t be found anywhere else.

Our books are divided into eleven categories (left); Click on the category you’d like to explore. You can also Search (above) for a particular topic, like strikes or negotiating, or by an author’s name.

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(154,021 posts)
3. Some recent books
Wed Dec 7, 2011, 03:02 AM
Dec 2011

and not so recent.

Start with ... yes, Howard Zinn. He touches on the labor movement.

A History of American Labor by Rayback, (A tad dated but)

White Cargo.. recent on indentured slavery.

A history of trade unionism in the United States

Solidarity Divided

Death at the Haymarket

There's always work at the post office

Formation of the Union

That should keep you busy for a while.

But start with Zinn and Rayback. The rest are a tad more specialized.

Of course the Papers of Samuel Gompers and Emma Goldman are kind of good primary sources.


(1,245 posts)
4. The Shock Doctrine
Sun Dec 11, 2011, 09:20 AM
Dec 2011

by Naomi Klein. The story of what happens when anti-labor capitalists' wet dreams become reality.
The book should serve as a warning.


(9,740 posts)
5. Rayback - A History of American Labor
Sun Dec 11, 2011, 04:38 PM
Dec 2011

that is the the most complete history from the time of the colonies to the late 1950's.

I am also going through

Labor Leaders in America - Dubofsky, Van Tine (ISBN - 0-252-01343-3)

It is a good history on many labor leaders from the early 1800's through the 1960's.

Those were both former library books I got for 25 cents each. Next I need to find books that have detail from 1960-present.


(12,592 posts)
9. 1960 and on, many, feature on some of the corruption within the labor unions, especially the
Fri Jan 13, 2012, 04:55 PM
Jan 2012

Teamsters which I was a active member for forty years. Don't take me wrong, I got super wages and benefits.


(8,244 posts)
6. "In Dubious Battle", a novel by John Steinbeck
Mon Dec 12, 2011, 12:47 AM
Dec 2011

If anybody is interested in American labor, the history of strikes and how they can work, and how they can fail, I recommend "In Dubious Battle".

Most people know Steinbeck from "The Grapes of Wrath" or "Of Mice and Men" or even "Travels With Charley". Sometimes these are assigned in school. But not too many high school teachers are going to assign "In Dubious Battle" because it is too awesome.

It tells the story of fruit pickers in California during the Great Depression. It shows the beginning, middle and end of a hard fought strike.

It's a fiction novel so if your looking for a history book this isn't it.

But if you're a Steinbeck fan, definitely check it out.

If you look on the wiki page it says a bunch of stuff about communists in regard to this book. Just ignore that. There is nothing communist about this book. It is just one of the great American novels and in my opinion it is second only to Grapes of Wrath among Steinbeck's works.

Cal Carpenter

(4,959 posts)
8. Them and Us: The Struggles of a Rank-and-File Union James J. Matles & James Higgins
Fri Dec 16, 2011, 06:50 PM
Dec 2011

Them and Us:
The Struggles of a Rank-and-File Union
James J. Matles & James Higgins

Written by UE's first Director of Organization, James J. Matles, Them and Us, The Struggles of a Rank-and-File Union has been the most exciting history of UE available since it was released in 1974. With more history to tell, Them and Us was updated in 1995 to include more of the stories and struggles of UE members and their union. 331 pages.

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