American Labor Union Bibliography

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Surveys

  • Arnesen, Eric, ed. Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History (2006), 2064pp; 650 articles by experts excerpt and text search
  • Beard, Mary Ritter. A Short History of the American Labor Movement 1920 - 176 pages online edition
  • Beik, Millie, ed. Labor Relations: Major Issues in American History (2005) over 100 annotated primary documents excerpt and text search
  • Boris, Eileen, and Nelson Lichtenstein, eds. Major Problems In The History Of American Workers: Documents and Essays (2002)
  • Brody, David. In Labor's Cause: Main Themes on the History of the American Worker (1993) excerpt and text search
  • Browne, Waldo Ralph. What's what in the Labor Movement: A Dictionary of Labor Affairs and Labor (1921) 577pp; encyclopedia of labor terms, organizations and history. complete text online
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn, and Foster Rhea Dulles. Labor in America: A History (2004), textbook
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn, and Warren Van Tine, eds. Labor Leaders in America (1987) biographies of key leaders, written by scholars excerpt and text search
  • LeBlanc, Paul. A Short History of the U.S. Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century (1999), 160pp excerpt and text search
  • Lichtenstein, Nelson. State of the Union: A Century of American Labor (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Perlman, Selig. A History of Trade Unionism in the United States 1922 - 313 pages online edition
  • Taylor, Paul F. The ABC-CLIO Companion to the American Labor Movement (1993) 237pp; short encyclopedia
  • Zieger, Robert H., and Gilbert J. Gall, American Workers, American Unions: The Twentieth Century(3rd ed. 2002) excerpt and text search
  • Zieger, Robert H. For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America Since 1865 (2007) excerpt and text search

To 1900

  • Commons, John R. History of Labour in the United States - vol 1 and Vol. 2 1860-1896 (1918) vol 2 online edition (note spelling of "Labour")
  • Commons, John R. "American Shoemakers, 1648-1895: A Sketch of Industrial Evolution," Quarterly Journal of Economics 24 (November, 1909), 39-83. in JSTOR
  • Commons, John R. ed. Trade Unionism and Labor Problems (1905) articles by experts on unions and working condition online edition
  • Grob, Gerald N. Workers and Utopia: A Study of Ideological Conflict in the American Labor Movement, 1865-1900 (1961) online edition
  • Hall, John P. "The Knights of St. Crispin in Massachusetts, 1869-1878," Journal of Economic History 18 (June, 1958), p 161-175 in JSTOR
  • Laslett, John H. M. Labor and the Left: A Study of Socialist and Radical Influences in the American Labor Movement, 1881-1924 (1970) online edition
  • Livesay, Harold C. Samuel Gompers and Organized Labor in America (1993)
  • Mandel, Bernard. Samuel Gompers: A Biography (1963) online edition
  • Orth, Samuel P. The Armies of Labor: A Chronicle of the Organized Wage-Earners (1919) short popular overview online edition]
  • Taillon, Paul Michel. Good, Reliable, White Men: Railroad Brotherhoods, 1877-1917 (2009)
  • Van Tine, Warren R. The Making of the Labor Bureaucrat: Union Leadership in the United States, 1870-1920 (1973) online edition
  • Voss, Kim. The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century (1993) online edition
  • Weir, Robert E. Beyond Labor's Veil: The Culture of the Knights of Labor (1996) online edition
  • Bibliography of online resources on railway labor in late 19th century

1900-1932

  • Bernstein, Irving. The Lean Years: A History of the American Worker, 1920-33 (1966), the best overview of the era
  • Brody, David. Labor in Crisis: The Steel Strike of 1919 (1965) online edition
  • Commons, John R. Trade Unionism and Labor Problems (1921) textbook; 838pp complete text online
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn and Warren Van Tine. John L. Lewis: A Biography (1986)
  • Brody, David. Labor in Crisis: The Steel Strike of 1919 (1965)
  • Faue, Elizabeth. Community of Suffering & Struggle: Women, Men, and the Labor Movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945 (1991)
  • Fraser, Steve. Labor Will Rule: Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor (1993)
  • Gordon, Colin. New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics, 1920-1935 (1994)
  • Greene, Julie. Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 1881-1917 (1998) complete online edition; excerpt and text search
  • Hooker, Clarence. Life in the Shadows of the Crystal Palace, 1910-1927: Ford Workers in the Model T Era (1997)
  • Laslett, John H. M. Labor and the Left: A Study of Socialist and Radical Influences in the American Labor Movement, 1881-1924 (1970)
  • Karson, Marc. American Labor Unions and Politics, 1900-1918 (1958) online edition
  • Laidler, Harry Wellington. Boycotts and the Labor Struggle Economic and Legal Aspects (1913), 488pp complete text online
  • McCartin, Joseph A. ’Labor's Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-1921 (1997) excerpt and text search
  • Mandel, Bernard. Samuel Gompers: A Biography (1963) online edition
  • Meyer, Stephen. The Five Dollar Day: Labor Management and Social Control in the Ford Motor Company, 1908-1921 (1981) online edition
  • Mink, Gwendolyn. Old Labor and New Immigrants in American Political Development: Union, Party, and State, 1875-1920 (1986)
  • Orth, Samuel P. The Armies of Labor: A Chronicle of the Organized Wage-Earners (1919) short overview
  • Quint, Howard H. The Forging of American Socialism: Origins of the Modern Movement (1964) online edition
  • Warne, Colston E. ed. The Steel Strike of 1919 (1963), primary and secondary documents online edition
  • Warne, Frank Julian. The Workers at War (1920) 250pp copmplete text online
  • Zieger, Robert. Republicans and Labor, 1919-1929. (1969)

New Deal Era: 1933-1955

  • Bernstein, Irving. Turbulent Years: A History of the American Worker, 1933-1941 (1970), the best overview of the era
  • Brooks, George W., Milton Derber, David A. McCabe, Philip Taft. Interpreting the Labor Movement (1952) online edition
  • Campbell, D'Ann. "Sisterhood versus the Brotherhoods: Women in Unions" Women at War With America: Private Lives in a Patriotic Era (1984), unions treatment of women in World War II
  • Dark, Taylor E. The Unions and the Democrats: An Enduring Alliance. (1999) online edition
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn and Warren Van Time John L. Lewis (1986).
  • Faue, Elizabeth. Community of Suffering & Struggle: Women, Men, and the Labor Movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945 (1991), social history
  • Fraser, Steve. Labor Will Rule: Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor (1993). excerpt and text search, CIO leader
  • Freeman, Richard. "Spurts in Union Growth: Defining Moments and Social Processes," in Michael D. Bordo, Claudia Goldin, and Eugene N. White, eds., The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century (1998), 265-96. excerpts and text search
  • Galenson, Walter. The CIO Challenge to the AFL: A History of the American Labor Movement, 1935-1941 (1960) online editiononline edition
  • Gordon, Colin. New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics, 1920-1935 (1994) excerpt and text search
  • Jensen, Richard J. "The Causes and Cures of Unemployment in the Great Depression," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 19 (1989) p. 553-83 in JSTOR
  • Kennedy, David M. Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. (1999) recent scholarly synthesis. online edition
  • Kersten, Andrew. Labor's Home Front: The American Federation of Labor during World War II (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Lichtenstein, Nelson. Labor's War at Home: The CIO in World War II (2003)
  • Lipsitz, George. Rainbow at Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s. (1994).
  • Miller, Sally M., and Daniel A. Cornford eds. American Labor in the Era of World War II (1995), essays by historians, mostly on California online edition
  • Millis, Harry A. and Royal E. Montgomery. Organized Labor (1945) online edition
  • Millis, Harry A. How Collective Bargaining Works: A Survey of Experience in Leading American Industries (1942) online edition
  • Nelson, Daniel. "The Other New Deal and Labor: The Regulatory State and the Unions, 1933-1940," Journal of Policy History 13.3 (2001) 367-390 in Project MUSE
  • Preis, Art. Labor's Giant Step (1964), a polemical history from the far left
  • Seidman; Joel. Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen: The Internal Political Life of a National Union (1962) online editiononline edition
  • Tomlins, Christopher L. "AFL Unions in the 1930s: Their Performance in Historical Perspective," Journal of American History 65 (1979): 1021-42; in JSTOR
  • Vittoz, Stanley. New Deal Labor Policy and the American Industrial Economy (1987) online edition
  • Zieger, Robert H. The CIO, 1935-1955 (1995) online edition


CIO

The CIO has a moderate scholarly literature, best represented by these titles.

  • Angelo, Pat. Philip Murray, Union Man: A Life Story (2003) 240 pages
  • Bernstein, Irving. Turbulent Years: A History of the American Worker, 1933-1941 (1970)
  • Boyle, Kevin. The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968 (1995), auto workers online edition
  • Fraser, Steven. Labor Will Rule: Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor. (1993), a very importan biography
  • Campbell, D'Ann. "Sisterhood versus the Brotherhoods: Women in Unions" in Women at War With America: Private Lives in a Patriotic Era (1984).
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn and Warren Van Time John L. Lewis (1986). excerpt and text search, the major scholarly biography
  • Galenson; Walter. The CIO Challenge to the AFL: A History of the American Labor Movement, 1935-1941, Harvard University Press, 1960 online edition
  • Griffith, Barbara S. The Crisis of American Labor: Operation Dixie and the Defeat of the CIO. (1988) ISBN 0-87722-503-6
  • Heineman; Kenneth J. A Catholic New Deal: Religion and Reform in Depression Pittsburgh, (1999) online edition
  • Kornhauser, Arthur, Harold L. Sheppard, and Albert J. Mayer; When Labor Votes: A Study of Auto Workers, 1956 online edition
  • Lichtenstein, Nelson. Labor's War at Home: The CIO in World War II. (1987). excerpt and text search
  • Lichtenstein, Nelson. The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor (1995) online edition; also excerpt and text search, a very importan biography
  • Lichtenstein, Nelson and Stephen Meyer, eds. On the Line: Essays in the History of Auto Work (1989)
  • Zieger, Robert H. The CIO 1935-1955. University of North Carolina Press, 1995, the best overall survey. online edition
Walter Reuther Time Dec 3. 1945

1955 - present

  • Caulfield, Norman. NAFTA and Labor in North America (2009)
  • Chaison, Gary N. Unions in America (2005), basic survey excerpt and text search
  • Clark, Paul F. Building More Effective Unions (2009) excerpt and text search
  • Cohen, Sheila. Ramparts of Resistance: Why Workers Lost Their Power, and How to Get It Back (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Dark; Taylor E. The Unions and the Democrats: An Enduring Alliance Cornell University Press. 1999 online edition
  • Dine, Philip M. State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Fantasia, Rick, and Kim Voss. Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement (2004) excerpt and text search
  • Fink, Leon, and Brian Greenberg. Upheaval in the Quiet Zone: 1199/SEIU and the Politics of Healthcare Unionism (2nd ed. 2009)
  • Fletcher, Bill, and Fernando Gapasin. Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice (2009)
  • Freeman, Richard B., Peter Boxall, and Peter Haynes, eds. What Workers Say: Employee Voice in the Anglo-American Workplace (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Galenson, Walter; The American Labor Movement, 1955-1995 (1996) online edition
  • Goldberg, Arthur J. AFL-CIO, Labor United (1956) online edition
  • Lawler, Edward E.. and James O'Toole, eds. America at Work: Choices and Challenges (2006). perspectives from management and human resources excerpt and text search
  • Leiter, Robert D. The Teamsters Union: A Study of Its Economic Impact (1957) online edition
  • Milkman, Ruth, and Kim Voss, eds. Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement (2004) excerpt and text search
  • Mishel, Lawrence. The State of Working America, 2006 / 2007 (10th ed. 2006); covers family income, wages, taxes, employment, poverty and the distribution of wealth excerpt and text search
  • Moody, Kim. U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition: The Failure of Reform from Above, The Promise of Revival from Below (2007)
  • Mort, Jo-Ann. ed. Not Your Father's Union Movement: Inside the AFL-CIO" (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Orenic, Liesl Miller. On the Ground: Labor Struggle in the American Airline Industry (2009) excerpt and text search
  • Paige, Rod. The War Against Hope: How Teachers' Unions Hurt Children, Hinder Teachers, and Endanger Public Education (2009)
  • Stromquist, Shelton. Labor's Cold War: Local Politics in a Global Context (2008) excerpt and text search
  • Vale, Vivian. Labour in American Politics (2009)

Communist roles, especially CIO

  • Gall, Gilbert J. Pursuing Justice: Lee Pressman, the New Deal, and the CIO. (1998). 363 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Kimmeldorf, Howard. Reds or Rackets? The Making of Radical and Conservative Unions on the Waterfront (1988). on the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union
  • McCollester, Charles. ed. Fighter with a Heart: Writings of Charles Owen Rice, Pittsburgh Labor Priest (1996) Rice led the anti-Communist forces in Pittsburgh
  • Meyer, Stephen. "Stalin Over Wisconsin": The Making and Unmaking of Militant Unionism, 1900-1950 (1992); on the Allis-Chalmers local of the United Automobile Workers in Wisconsin
  • Prickett, James. "'Stalin over Wisconsin': the Left and the CIO." Radical History Review 1995 (61): 161-165. Issn: 0163-6545 Fulltext: in Swetswise
  • Rosswurm, Steve et al. The CIO's Left-Led Unions (1992) 250 pp.
  • Saposs, David J. Communism in American Unions, 1959 online edition
  • Stepan-Norris, Judith, and Maurice Zeitlin; Left out: Reds and America's Industrial Unions, (2003)online edition

Labor Law and corruption

  • Abraham, Steven E. "The Impact of the Taft-Hartley Act on the Balance of Power in Industrial Relations" American Business Law Journal Vol. 33, 1996 online edition
  • Ballam, Deborah A. "The Impact of the National Labor Relations Act on the U.S. Labor Movement" American Business Law Journal, Vol. 32, 1995 online edition
  • Brooks, George W., Milton Derber, David A. McCabe, Philip Taft. Interpreting the Labor Movement (1952)
  • Gall, Gilbert J. The Politics of Right to Work: The Labor Federations as Special Interests, 1943-1979 (1988) online edition
  • Hartley, Fred A., Jr. and Robert A. Taft. Our New National Labor Policy: The Taft-Hartley Act and the Next Steps (1948)
  • Lee, R. Alton. Truman and Taft-Hartley: A Question of Mandate (1966) online edition
  • Millis, Harry A.. and Emily Clark Brown. From the Wagner Act to Taft-Hartley: A Study of National Labor Policy and Labor Relations (1950)
  • Reuter, Peter, Jonathan Rubinstein, and Simon Wynn. Racketeering in Legitimate Industries: Two Case Studies (1983)
  • Reuter, Peter, Disorganized Crime: The Economics of the Visible Hand (1983)
  • Vittoz, Stanley. New Deal Labor Policy and the American Industrial Economy (1987) online edition
  • Witwer, David. Corruption and Reform in the Teamsters Union (2008) excerpt and text search

Blacks, Hispanics, FEPC

  • Burt, Kenneth C. The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics. (2007). excerpt and text search
  • Collins, William J. "Race, Roosevelt, and Wartime Production: Fair Employment in World War II Labor Markets," American Economic Review 91:1 (March 2001), pp. 272-286 in JSTOR
  • Kersten, Andrew Edmund. Race, Jobs, and the War: The FEPC in the Midwest, 1941-46 (2000) online review
  • Meier, August, and Elliott Rudwick. Black Detroit and the Rise of the UAW, (1981) online edition
  • Reed, Merl E. Seedtime for the Modern Civil Rights Movement: The President's Committee on Fair Employment Practice, 1941-1946 (1991)

Primary sources

  • American Federation of Labor. American Federation of Labor: History, Encyclopedia, Reference Book (1919) 474pp online edition
  • Beik, Millie, ed. Labor Relations: Major Issues in American History (2005) over 100 annotated primary documents (1961)
  • Commons, John R. ed. A Documentary History of American Industrial Society vol 8: Labor Movement, 1840-1860. (1910); complete text online
  • Commons, John R. ed. A Documentary History of American Industrial Society vol 9: Labor Movement, 1860-1880. (1910); complete text online
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn, and Joseph A. McCartin, eds. American Labor: A Documentary History (2004) excerpt and text search
  • Gompers, Samuel. Seventy Years of Life and Labor: An Autobiography (1925) online edition
    • The Samuel Gompers Papers (1986- ) definitive multivolume edition of all important letters to and from Gompers. 9 volumes have been completed to 1917. The index is online. For details and more on Gompers see [1]
  • Hartley Jr., Fred A. and Robert A. Taft. Our New National Labor Policy: The Taft-Hartley Act and the Next Steps (1948) by the chief Congressional opponents of the CIO
  • McCollester, Charles. ed. Fighter with a Heart: Writings of Charles Owen Rice, Pittsburgh Labor Priest (1996)
  • Reuther, Walter P. Walter P. Reuther: Selected Papers ed by Henry M. Christman, (1961) , UAW leader's speeches online edition
  • Shister, Joseph. ed. Readings in Labor Economics & Industrial Relations (1951) primary and secondary sources online edition
  • online books 1910-1922


Archives

  • Walter Reuther Library, Wayne State University important website
  • Southern Labor Archives. Department of Special Collections, The University Library, Georgia State University. (Official repository for hundreds of local and regional union offices, as well as the national offices of IAMAW, NFFE, UGWA, UFWA, PATCO, UTWA, and the Georgia State AFL-CIO.)Online guide
  • Martin, Katherine F., ed. Operation Dixie: The CIO Organizing Committee Papers, 1946-1953. Media: 75 reels of 35mm microfilm. Online guide to the microfilm edition]
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