Book series

Books that have been published with the help of the fund:

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    The Labor Wars

    From the Molly Maguires to the Sit Downs
    By: Sidney Lens

    The rise of the American labor movement was characterized by bloody and revolutionary battles. From the first famous martyrs, the Molly Maguires in the Pennsylvania coal fields in the nineteenth century, to the crucial workers' victory of the 1930s in the sit-down strikes against General Motors, it has a history of pitched battles that frequently erupted into open warfare. The Labor Wars is now available from Haymarket Books. Read more.

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    The Lean Years

    A History of the American Worker, 1920-1933
    By: Irving Bernstein

    The textbook history of the 1920s is a story of Prohibition, flappers, and unbounded prosperity. For millions of industrial workers, however, the “roaring twenties” looked very different. Working-class communities were already in crisis in the years before the stock market crash of 1929. Strikes in the 1920s and attempts to organize the unemployed and fight evictions in the early 1930s often fell victim to police violence and repression. Here, Irving Bernstein recaptures the social history of the decade leading up to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inauguration, uncovers its widespread inequality, and sheds light on the long-forgotten struggles that form the prelude to the great labor victories of the 1930s. The Lean Years is available from Haymarket Books. Read more.

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    The Turbulent Years

    A History of the American Worker, 1933–1941
    By: Irving Bernstein

    From the birth of the CIO to the sit-down strikes that helped to organize the auto industry, the 1930s have come to define the high point of labor militancy. In this groundbreaking work of labor history, Irving Bernstein uncovers a period when industrial trade unionism, working-class power, and socialism became rallying cries for millions of workers in the fields, mills, mines, and factories of America. The Turbulent Years is available from Haymarket Books Read more.