US Trade Unionism before 1940
(see also US Trade Unionism since 1940, Global Trade Unionism, American Radicalism, Anarchosyndicalism, AFL-CIO Abroad, Union Busting)
On the Web: Specialized Sites
International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam).
Forbath, William E. "The shaping of the American labor movement," Harvard Law Review (1/1989):1111-1256.
Robinson, Iillian S. "Coal miners' daughter," Nation (12/28/92):816. Book review on Giardina, The Unquiet Earth.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Amberg, Stephen. The Union Inspiration in American Politics: The Autoworkers & the Making of a Liberal Industrial Order (Philadelphia: Temple, 1994).
Auerbach, Jerold S. Labor & Liberty: The LaFollette Committee & the New Deal (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1966).
Bergquist, Charles. Labor & the Course of American Democracy: US History in Latin American Perspective (NY, 1996).
Brecher, Jeremy. Strike!  (rev. ed.; Boston: South End, 1997). History of striking in the trade union movement since 1870s.
__________ ; Jerry Lombardi & Jan Stackhouse (eds.) Brass Valley: The Story of Working People's Lives & Struggles in an American Industrial Region (Philadelphia: Temple U, 1980).
Buhle, Paul & Alan Dawley (eds.) Working for Democracy: American Workers from the Revolution to the Present (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1985).
__________. From the Knights of Labor to the New World Order: Essays on Labor & Culture (NY: Garland, 1997).
__________. Taking Care of Business: Samuel Gompers, George Meany, Lane Kirkland & the Tragedy of American Labor (NY: Monthly Review, 1999).
Bussell, Robert. From Harvard to the Ranks of Labor: Powers Hapgood & the American Working Class (University Park: Pennsylvania State U., 1999).
Clawson, Dan. Bureaucracy & the Labor Process: The Transformation of US Industry, 1860-1920 (NY: Monthly Review, 1979). Early phase of workers' struggle to control the labor process, & capital's efforts to undermine & supplant that control.
Dollinger, Sol & Genora Johnson Dollinger. Not Automatic: Women & the Left in the Forging of the Auto Workers' Union (NY: Monthly Review, 199?).
Foner, Philip S. The Great Labor Uprising of 1877 (NY: Monad, 1977).
Gerstle, Gary. Working-Class Americanism: The Politics of Labor in a Textile City, 1914-1960 (NY: Cambridge, 1989).
Honey, Michael Keith. Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism & the Freedom Struggle (Berkeley: U. of California, 1999).
Kraditor, Aileen S. "Jimmy Higgins": The Mental World of the American Rank-and-File Communist, 1930-1958 (NY: Greenwood, 1988)
Lens, Sidney. Working Men: The Story of Labor (NY: Putnam, 1960).
__________. The Labor Wars: From the Molly Maguires to the Sitdowns (NY: Doubleday, 1973).
Lichtenstein, Nelson. State of the Union: A Century of American Labor (Princeton: Princeton U, 2002?).
Lynd, Alice & Staughton Lynd (eds.) Rank & File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers (Boston: Beacon, 1973).
Lynd, Staughton (ed.) Personal Histories of the Early CIO (Somerville MA: New England Free Press, 1971).
__________ (ed.) American Labor Radicalism: Testimonies & Interpretations (NY: Wiley, 1973).
__________ (ed.) "We are All Leaders": The Alternative Unionism of the Early 1930s (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1996).
Milton, David. The Politics of US Labor: From the Great Depression to the New Deal (NY: Monthly Review, 1982).
Montgomery, David. Beyond Equality: Labor & the Radical Republicans, 1862-1872 (NY: Vintage, 1972).
__________. Workers' Control in America: Studies in the History of Work, Technology & Labor Struggles (NY: Cambridge, 1979).
__________. The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State & American Labor Activisim, 1865-1925 (NY: Cambridge, 1987).
__________. Citizen Worker: The Experience of Workers in the US with Democracy & the Free Market during the 19th C. (NY: Cambridge, 2003)
Murolo, Priscilla; A.B. Chitty & Joe Sacco. From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States (NY, 2001).
Salvatore, Nick. Seventy Years of Life & Labor: An Autobiography (ed. Nick Salvatore; Ithaca: Cornell, 1984).
Tattam, William & Jerry Lembcke. One Union in Wood: A Political History of the International Woodworkers of America (NY: International, 1984).
Tax, Meredith. The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity & Class Conflict, 1880-1917 (NY: Monthly Review, 1981).
Wellman, David T. The Union Makes Us Strong. Radical Unionism on the San Francisco Waterfront (Cambridge, 1997).
Wolensky, Kenneth C. & Nicole H. Wolensky & Robert H. Wolensky. Fighting for the Union Label: The Women's Garment Industry & the ILGU in Pennsylvania (University Park: Pennsylvania State U., 2003).
Zieger, Robert H. & Gailbert J. Gall. American Workers, American Unions: The Twentieth Century (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2003).
Zinn, Howard; Dana Frank & Robin D.G. Kelley. Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labors Last Century (Boston, 2001).
In the Library: Fiction
Conroy, Jack. A World to Win  (Urbana: U. of Illinois, 2000).
Giardina, Denise. The Unquiet Earth: A Novel (NY: Norton, 1992).
Llewellyn, Richard. How Green Was My Valley (
Marlette, Doug. The Bridge (NY: HarperCollins, 2001).
McKinney, Ruth. Industrial Valley  (Ithaca NY: ILR, 1992).
Steinbeck, John. In Dubious Battle [193?] (NY: Penguin, 1992).
Stone, Irving. Adversary in the House  (NY: New American Library, 1967).
In the Library: For Young Readers
In the Library: Poetry
In the Library: Drama
In the Library: Photography
"Adalen 31" , dir. Bo Widerberg, 110m. Long strike in a Swedish papermill town early in the Depression.
"The Ballad of Joe Hill" , dir. Bo Widerberg, 117m. Story of anarcho-syndicalist (IWW) Swedish immigrant organizer & poet, framed for murder & executed by Utah firing-squad in 1915.
"Germinal" , dir. Claude Berri & Arlette Langmann, 158m. In video stores. 19th-c. French coal miners' strike, based on novel by Emile Zola.
"How Green Was My Valley" , dir. John Ford, 118m. In video stores.
"Matewan" , dir. John Sayles, 132m. In video stores.
"The Molly McGuires" , dir. Martin Ritt, 123m. In video stores.
"The Organizer (I compagni)" , dir. Mario Monicello, 130m. Poignant story of violent class war & an idealist organizer in late 19th-c. Turin.
"Strike" , dir. Sergei Eisenstein, ?m. Classic silent film on 1912 strike by Russian factory workers, brutally repressed by Tsarist authorities.