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The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925

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The results of American industrial worker mobilization after the abolition of slavery are traced into the early 20th century in this study of new management styles and expanded union movement.
Paperback, 508 pages
Published January 27th 1989 by Cambridge University Press (first published August 28th 1987)
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Dan
This sweeping and brilliant book is a hidden history of the transformation of the United States from the civil war to World War I, as told through the experience and struggles of working people.

Montgomery shows how skilled workers, immigrants, Black workers, women, conservatives, socialists, factory operatives and laborers reacted to the huge changes in industry -- and also how their struggles, ideas, and organizations shaped those changes.

Montgomery has an eye for the telling detail -- in his
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Mscout
David Montgomery had a unique perspective from which to write The Fall of the House of Labor. Having spent several years in the workforce and involved in labor politics during the 1950s, he saw the culture and the challenges of labor movements first hand. Montgomery continued his activism for worker’s rights even after he established himself as a respected academic. Montgomery’s time in the Communist Party also contributed to his view on Labor issues. In creating the school known as “New Labor H ...more
Deborah
Great overview of the history of labor and unions in the USA.

It remains not only possible but imperative to analyze the American experience of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in terms of conflicting social classes. The human relationships structured by commodity production in large collective enterprises devoted to private gain generated bondings and antagonisms that were, in one form or another, the daily experience of everyone involved.

Smith College graduate Alice Kimball of her sojourn
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David Bates
David Montgomery’s The Fall of the House of Labor, published in 1987, takes a wide angle approach to labor history, examining the economic relationships of the working class as a whole rather than tracing a particular labor organization. Montgomery’s focus is on the working class as a class, united in their common experience of “[t]he human relationships structured by commodity production in large collective enterprises devoted to private gain” which “generated bondings and antagonisms that were ...more
Mark Bowles
David Montgomery, The Fall of the House of Labor (1986)
1. Discusses the American workers world from 1880-1920
2. Main theme is the variety of American working class experience (skilled male worker, immigrant, Afro-American, female worker in the garment trades)
3. Discusses the revolution of "scientific management" in the metal working trades and the effectiveness of open shops pacifies the worker and the house of labor falls
Corey
thorough, sometimes too thorough for a summer's day, but often the detail really allowed you to be in the moment to understand what a working man or woman did to earn a living in 1890, to appreciate the importance of craftsmanship, and above all the rise of corporate management over craftsmanship and the role of government.
Sean Chick
A long winded book, I like the ideas but not the style.
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Dec 04, 2007 Bobby marked it as to-read
recommended in a recent chomsky lecture i heard
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