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Labor Under Fire: A History of the AFL-CIO since 1979 (Hardback)
  • Labor Under Fire: A History of the AFL-CIO since 1979 (Hardback)

Labor Under Fire: A History of the AFL-CIO since 1979 (Hardback)

Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 30/05/2017
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From the Reagan years to the present, the labor movement has faced a profoundly hostile climate. As America's largest labor federation, the AFL-CIO was forced to reckon with severe political and economic headwinds. Yet the AFL-CIO survived, consistently fighting for programs that benefited millions of Americans, including social security, unemployment insurance, the minimum wage, and universal health care. With a membership of more than 13 million, it was also able to launch the largest labor march in American history--1981's Solidarity Day--and to play an important role in politics.

In a history that spans from 1979 to the present, Timothy J. Minchin tells a sweeping, national story of how the AFL-CIO sustained itself and remained a significant voice in spite of its powerful enemies and internal constraints. Full of details, characters, and never-before-told stories drawn from unexamined, restricted, and untapped archives, as well as interviews with crucial figures involved with the organization, this book tells the definitive history of the modern AFL-CIO.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469632988
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 757 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 32 mm

Deeply sourced and written in a favorable tone, Minchin's book tells the disturbing history of labor under fire and in steep decline. Useful to labor historians and anyone wondering where the American labor movement went.--Library Journal

A textured narrative that puts nuance, personality, and even happenstance back into the often schematically told story of labor's late twentieth-century travail.--The Michigan Historical Review

A useful launching point for scholars hoping to investigate these issues further.--The Journal of Southern History

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