Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 1881-1917

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Contents
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
PART ONE: The Rise of Pure and Simple Politics17
1 Building the Federation19
The Social Roots of the AFL20
Preserving the Trade Unions27
Gompers and the Triumph of Conservative Unionism36
2 The Revolt Against Party Slavery48
The Problem of Working-Class Politics49
The Birth of “Pure and Simple” Politics55
Gompers's Political Vision64
3 Labor's New Century71
The Federation's Political Agenda73
The Open-Shop Drive88
Lobbying and Class Conflict93
Beyond Lobbying97
PART TWO: The Strike at the Ballot Box105
4 A Popular Uprising of Honest Men107
Labor's Program108
Resources at the Top112
Tactics at the Bottom118
Political Conflict in the AFL131
5 Delivering the Labor Vote142
Partisan Culture and the Working Class143
The Birth of Labor's Democracy152
Shall the People Rule?162
Prosperity Politics170

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