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Cross-Class Alliances And The Birth Of Modern Liberalism

George B. Du Bois Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0963515985 / ISBN 13: 9780963515988
Published by Chesapeake Book Company, 2008
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Title: Cross-Class Alliances And The Birth Of ...

Publisher: Chesapeake Book Company

Publication Date: 2008

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Spanning the years 1865 to 1916 when the industrial revolution took hold, this book, one of the rare state level studies of labor and politics, explains how workers discarded outworn ideas and tactics and gradually moved toward social liberalism, a set of ideas simultaneously adopted by many in the middle class. The result was a long series of shifting cross-class alliances that won many labor reforms. The book delves into the world of the Central Labor Union and, contrary to the view that workers eschewed politics in favor of collective bargaining, convincingly demonstrates that workers were key players in the birth of modern liberal politics in the Progressive Era.


Cross Class Alliances and the Birth of Modern Liberalism is a well researched, insightful contribution to our understanding of organized labor's relation to Progressive reform. Acting as social liberals Maryland workers forged alliances across class lines to win reforms such as the secret ballot, health and safety and anti-sweatshop legislation, and workmen's compensation. By the end of this important work, DuBois convincingly demonstrates that Maryland's organized workers were a key force in the forging of modern liberal politics. --Richard Schneirov, Indiana State University

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