American Labor Struggles

American Labor Struggles

American Labor Struggles

American Labor Struggles

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In the selection of the ten American labor struggles discussed in this book I have kept in mind a number of considerations, for these accounts are intended to be more than chronicles. Undoubtedly there have been many strikes equally important in the history of American labor, many also that were more exciting and would have made more stirring narratives. But I have tried to restrict my choice to those struggles which form the most revealing segments of the entire picture. For that reason, partly, only certain basic industries--transportation, steel, coal, textiles--figure here. The treatment of these struggles, moreover, has not been confined to a mere sequence of events and stratagems: one learns quickly that most strikes develop, mature, and expire in a definite pattern whose course can frequently be foretold. Rather I have attempted, although, of course, with no pretense of completeness, to analyze the causes underlying the development, to disclose the tactics and policies instrumental to the maturation, and to indicate the contribution left to the total current of the labor movement after the expiration of the struggle. Consequently, the emphasis has been placed on the weapons of industrial warfare devised and employed by labor and capital, the rôle of the government, and the attitude of social agencies. I have endeavored also to suggest, within the limits of the material, the growth of various ideologies and practices, the problems facing workers' organizations, the difficulties of the industries involved, and the general trend of the conflict between capital and labor in the United States.

The weapons of labor in its struggle against capital are . . .

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