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Babson recounts Detroit's odyssey from a bulwark of the "open shop" to the nation's foremost "union town." Through words and pictures, Working Detroit documents the events in the city's ongoing struggle to build an industrial society that is both prosperous and humane.Babson begins his account in 1848 when Detroit has just entered the industrial era. He weaves the broader historical realties, such as Red Scare, World War, and economic depression into his account, tracing the ebb and flow of the working class activity and organization in Detroit - from the rise of the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor in the 19th century, through the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the sitdown strike of the 1930s, to the civil rights and women's movements of the 1960s and 1970s. The book concludes with an examination of the present day crisis facing the labor movement.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Foreword
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  1. Preface to the 1986 Edition
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Prologue: (Nineteenth Century)
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  1. Labor Pains
  2. pp. 2-16
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  1. Part I: Motor City (1899-1929)
  2. p. 17
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  1. Detroit On Wheels
  2. pp. 18-21
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  1. Labor Routes
  2. pp. 22-28
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  1. Toeing the Line
  2. pp. 29-33
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  1. Making Americans
  2. pp. 34-37
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  1. Red Scare
  2. pp. 38-40
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  1. Worlds Apart
  2. pp. 41-47
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  1. The Soaring Twenties
  2. pp. 48-50
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  1. Part II: Union Town (1929-1941)
  2. p. 51
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  1. Paradise Lost
  2. pp. 52-60
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  1. False Starts
  2. pp. 61-77
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  1. The Tide Turns
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  1. Union Maids
  2. pp. 76-79
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  1. Labor’s March
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  1. Leaders and Ranks
  2. pp. 87-90
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  1. Hold the Fort
  2. pp. 91-96
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  1. A House Divided
  2. pp. 97-102
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  1. Ford, The Last Mile
  2. pp. 103-110
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  1. Part III: War and Peace (1941-1960)
  2. p. 111
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  1. From Class War to World War
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  1. Homefront
  2. pp. 122-126
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  1. A New World
  2. pp. 127-136
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  1. Red Scare
  2. pp. 137-142
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  1. Wage-Earning Women
  2. pp. 143-147
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  1. Tale of Two Unions
  2. pp. 148-154
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  1. Part IV: Black Detroit (1945-1975)
  2. p. 155
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  1. Crossing the Color Line
  2. pp. 156-166
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  1. Freedom Now!
  2. pp. 167-175
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  1. Pride Against Prejudice
  2. pp. 176-178
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  1. Part V: New Workers, New Work (1960-1979)
  2. p. 179
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  1. Bucking the Line
  2. pp. 180-191
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  1. Going Public
  2. pp. 192-199
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  1. A Long Way, Sister
  2. pp. 200-208
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  1. Part VI: At the Crossroads
  2. p. 209
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  1. End of the Line?
  2. pp. 210-221
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  1. Remaking Detroit
  2. pp. 222-241
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  1. Sites and Maps
  2. pp. 242-244
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  1. Readings and Sources
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Song and Photo Credits
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814345092
MARC Record
OCLC
1057370130
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-20
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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