Farmers vs. Wage Earners: Organized Labor in Kansas, 1860-1960 (Paperback)R. Alton Lee (author)
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Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 342
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"[Readers] will find Lee's grand narrative of Kansas's industrial development and labor's reaction and reform exceedingly valuable."-Jeffrey A. Johnson, South Dakota History -- Jeffrey A. Johnson * South Dakota History *
"Lee covers a wide range of issues and incidents of significance to Kansas workers and to the politicians and labor leaders who took up their cause, from the railroad strikes and problems of the 1870s and 1880s to the struggle over 'right to work' in the late 1950s."-Nebraska History * Nebraska History *
"It is with regard to the economic, social, and political changes in Kansas as the twentieth century wore on that the book is most astute as a regional study of national trends. Lee expertly weaves the history of the Great Depression and New Deal reforms in terms of significant effects on working-class life and on changing governmental policies in Kansas. . . . Probably the most important chapter in Lee's study is "Farmer against Laborer," in which the author deals with a major problem in twentieth-century labor history that carries over into the current century: the failure of the movement to build upon or even advance its role in the American economy after the immediate postwar period. Although this is a national issue, Lee explains how it has played out in a largely agrarian state with a voting constituency that truly did not understand or perhaps even care to understand the necessity of economic democracy in the workplace."-Greg Hall, American Historical Review -- Greg Hall * American Historical Review *
"R. Alton Lee presents a well-researched narrative of organized labor, labor regulation, and the story of industrial work and workers in Kansas since the Civil War."-Bill Mullins, Chronicles of Oklahoma -- Bill Mullins * Chronicles of Oklahoma *
"Historians of the sunflower state have long valorized the agricultural roots of Kansas while largely overlooking the contributions of working men and women to the region's history. In this thorough and well-researched study, Lee attempts to redress this gap in historical knowledge and trade the development of the political, cultural, and economic boundaries that came to divide farmers from wage earners. The volume admirably documents the development of this antagonistic relationship while also providing a detailed outline of labor history in Kansas. . . . Lee successfully explores workers' struggles in the railroad industry, mining, itinerant farm labor, aeronautics, defense, oil, and meatpacking."-Margaret C. Wood, Great Plains Quarterly * Great Plains Quarterly *
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