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Workers' World

Kinship, Community, and Protest in an Industrial Society, 1900-1940

Originally published 1982. Bodnar's central concern in Workers' World is with the working people of Pennsylvania prior to World War II. He examines how ordinary people throughout the state navigated the changing set of industrial relations that fanned out across the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since workers could not rely on unionism or government-sponsored safety nets, workers in Pennsylvania relied on kinship ties, job structures, and community relationships. In the past, Bodnar contends, American labor historians have focused mainly on the history of strikes, the rise of unionism, and the struggle for control over the workplace. In an effort to mitigate historians' flattening of workers into the two-dimensional plane of politics and protest, Bodnar revives workers and the world in which they lived by conducting oral interviews with textile workers, coal miners, steelworkers, and others in Pennsylvania.

About the Author

John Bodnar is a distinguished and chancellor's professor in the Department of History at Indiana University in Bloomington. He specializes in American social and cultural history.

Reviews

"Indispensable for an understanding of immigrants and their children in early twentieth century industrial America . . . Insightful and stimulating."—Journal of Social History

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