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Intelligent and Honest Radicals: The Chicago Federation of Labor and the Politics of Progression (Hardback)
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Intelligent and Honest Radicals: The Chicago Federation of Labor and the Politics of Progression (Hardback)

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Hardback 254 Pages / Published: 26/09/2013
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Intelligent and Honest Radicals explores the Chicago labor movement's relationship to Illinois legal and political system especially as seen through the eyes of the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL). Newton-Matza focuses on the significant era between the great strike in 1919 and Franklin D. Roosevelt's inauguration and the beginning of the New Deal in 1933. He brings to light a number of victories and achievements for the labor movement in this period that are often overlooked. Newton-Matza shows the Chicago labor movement as a progressive agency intent on changing the workers' world through words and peaceful actions, drawing upon their personal experiences and ideology.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739168028
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 237 x 160 x 24 mm


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This book sheds important new light on the Chicago labor movement and its role in shaping Illinois labor legislation, politics, and legal practices toward unions in a neglected era. -- Elizabeth McKillen, The University of Maine
In Intelligent and Honest Radicals, Mitchell Newton-Matza chronicles the origins and early days of the Chicago Federation of Labor, beginning with the events in the nineteenth century that led to its foundation, resulting in a compelling study of a long-neglected historical period in recent Chicago history. Newton-Matza highlights the importance of this period and its later relevance. -- Carmen Gomez-Galisteo, Universidad Camilo Jose Cela
This is bottom-up history at its best. Newton-Matza argues for a new historical examination of the early twentieth century in Chicago. By demonstrating that the 1920s were not a vast wasteland for labor, but were instead the stepping-stone for the 1930s' accomplishments, he rebuilds our understanding of the legal and labor history of the period. -- Scott Merriman, Troy University
It was at Chicago's Labor Day Parade that I first understood what the day truly meant, and was filled with pride for those who built our nation with their hands. Mitchell Newton-Matza takes us back in time to the dramatic evolution of the Chicago Federation of Labor from 1919 through 1933, smoldering with the violent upheavals of its day. He shows why it took a city of `big shoulders' to make it manifest. From the specters of Haymarket and Pullman to the Illinois `Con-Con,' workers tried with growing degrees of desperation to feed their families in the face of low wages and high costs. As Depression-era leaders in Washington like Hattie Caraway fought for the workers of America, so did the men and women of the Chicago labor movement. Newton-Matza tells their story. An intelligent and honest book. -- Nancy Hendricks, Author of Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy
Dr. Newton-Matza has produced an important reconsideration of working-class activity and thought during the 1920s, filling in the gap between a period of well-documented working-class activity in the 1910s and the resurgence of the labor movement in the 1930s. Newton-Matza ably demonstrates that, despite political setbacks, a core labor movement continued to evolve and develop in the 1920s. -- Steven Barleen, Northern Illinois University

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