Work Without End: Aban...
Work Without End: Abandoning Shorter Hours for the Right to Work
For more than a century preceding the Great Depression, work hours were steadily reduced. Intellectuals, labor leaders, politicians, and workers saw this reduction in work as authentic progress and the resulting increase in leisure time as a cultural advance. Benjamin Hunnicutt examines the period from 1920 to 1940 during which the shorter hour movement ended and the drive...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published May 10th 1988 by Temple University Press
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I had always assumed that 8 hour days and 40 hour weeks were some kind of natural law, and I never questioned this assumption until I read Work Without End. In the 1920s, lots of smart people thought that we'd be working 2-4 hour days by now. Why that never happened is the focus of this book. While it's an academic text and not exactly a "fun" read, I found it fascinating even though I'm far from a scholar of history. The book mostly focuses on the 1920s and 30s, leaving me wondering what happen...more