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Edited by Paul LeBlanc

(New York/London: Routledge, 2010)

Paperback Price: $34.95 ISBN: 978-0-415-87824-1

Work and Struggle: Voices from U.S. Labor Radicalism focuses on the history of U.S. labor with an emphasis on radical currents, which have been essential elements in the working-class movement from the mid nineteenth century to the late twentieth century.  Showcasing some of labor’s most important leaders, Work and Struggle offers students and instructors a variety of voices to learn from — each telling their story through their own words — through writings, memoirs and speeches, transcribed and introduced here by Paul Le Blanc. This collection of revolutionary voices will inspire anyone interested in the history of labor organizing.  Featuring: Thomas Paine, Frances Wright, Frederick Douglass, William Sylvis, Terence V. Powderly, Albert Parsons, (Mother) Mary Harris Jones, Eugene V. Debs, Fannia Cohn, John L. Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Genora Dollinger, Cesar Chavez, James Matles.

“Even a cursory look at work in the 21st century tells us that we live in radical times.   Work and Struggle is a collection of poignant writings from some of the greatest radical thinkers of the last two centuries – and required reading for anyone interested in how movements might develop in our own radical times.”  — Elaine Bernard, Ph.D., Executive Director of Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

“This book offers a great remedy for pessimism over labor’s current situation.  In every age and despite their status as a beleaguered minority, radicals have shaped labor movements that changed the world. Paul LeBlanc’s magnificent introduction and these compelling voices from the past provide hopeful and richly rewarding reading to anyone concerned about attaining greater justice in today’s world.” — Michael Honey, author of Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign. Those who want to revive and reinvigorate labor radicalism in the U.S. will find in Paul Le Blanc’s Work and Struggle an inspiring resource. Radical labor in this collection comes vividly to life, reminding us that the challenge of alternative ways of living has a long, admirable history.”  — Bryan D. Palmer, Editor, Labour/Le Travail & Canada Research Chair, Trent University

Paul Le Blanc is Professor of History at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA, where he served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2009. He has also worked as a unionized healthcare worker, service employee, shipyard worker, and auto worker.  He is author of a number of books on labor and social movements, including Marx, Lenin and the Revolutionary Experience: Studies of Communism and Radicalism in the Age of Globalization (Routledge) and A Short History of the U.S. Working Class, and was an editor of 8-volume  International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present.

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