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Cross-Class Alliances And The Birth Of Modern Liberalism

Cross-Class Alliances And The Birth Of Modern Liberalism

Maryland's Workers, 1865-1916

By George B. Jr. DuBois

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

“George DuBois boldly goes where few labor historians have gone before, into the practical political world of the central labor union. His case study of Baltimore workers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries offers a new assessment of labor politics and cross-class alliances that broadens our understanding of trade unionism and progressive reform.”

—Grace Palladino, The Samuel Gompers Papers, University of Maryland

2008; Chesapeake Book Company; 6"x 9"; 336 pages; Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-9635159-8-8

Price: $35.00

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