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Our Own Time : History of American Labour and the Working Day - David R. Roediger

Our Own Time

History of American Labour and the Working Day

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Published: 1st February 1997
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Our Own Time retells the story of American labor by focusing on the politics of time and the movements for a shorter working day. It argues that the length of the working day has been the central issue for the American labor movement during its most vigorous periods of activity, uniting workers along lines of craft, gender and ethnicity. The authors hold that the workweek is likely again to take on increased significance as workers face the choice between a society based on free time and one based on alienated work and unemployment.

"This definitive study of the working day shows how workers defined the reality of their lives and reshaped our concept of time." - George P. Rawick "This groundbreaking book ... is crucial reading not only for labor historians but for all those who have ever punched a clock." - Elizabeth McKillen, International Labor and Working Class History "Roediger and Foner show us once again that people want to work to live, not live to work." - James Green "... shows that shorter hours captured the imagination and aspirations of the worker not only in his or her role as worker but also as citizen, consumer, leisure-seeker and family member." - Rose Feurer, Labor Studies Journal

Preface
Time, Republicanism, and Merchant Capitalism: The Consciousness of Hours before 1830 Shorter Hours and the Transformation of American Labor, 1830-1842 Mill
Women and the Working Day, 1842-1850 Hours, Labor Protest, and Party Politics in the 1850s
The Civil War and the Birth of the Eight-Hour Movement Victory, Defeat, and New Alliances, 1867-1879 Haymarket and Its Context
The Rightward Drift of the AFL and the Temporary Decline of the Hours Issue, 1887-1908 Class, Reform, and War: The Working Day from 1907 to 1918
Trade Unionism, Hours, and Workers' Control in the Postwar United States
The Great Depression, the New Deal, and Shorter Hours
The Hours Statement since 1939 Bibliographic Essay
Index
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ISBN: 9780860919636
ISBN-10: 0860919633
Series: Haymarket (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st February 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition