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Ten Great Labor History Books



Miners coming out of mine shaft, Virginia City, Nevada, 1867

Backlist asked me to submit a list of ten books on U.S. labor history I would recommend for a broader audience. It is here, with explanations. Without explanations, the ten books are:

Melvyn Dubofsky, We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World
Joseph McCartin, Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America
Kathleen Barry, Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants
Jefferson Cowie, Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor
Matt Garcia, From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement
James Green, The Devil Is Here In These Hills: West Virginia’s Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom
Bethany Moreton, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise
Frederick Douglass, The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Jack Metzgar, Striking Steel: Solidarity Remembered

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