A Social History of the Laboring Classes: From Colonial Times to the Present
January 1999, ©1999, Wiley-Blackwell
1. 'Strangers' and Other Workers in the Seventeenth-Century Colonies.
2. 'Be Sure to Come Free': Workers in the Eighteenth Century.
3. Crosscurrents of Slavery and Freedom in the Antebellum South.
4. The Northern Laboring Classes at Odds With One Another, Before and During the Civil War.
5. Ideologies of Race in a Modernizing Economy: The Cases of African-American and Chinese Workers.
6. The Laboring Chattering Classes in Turn-of-the-Century America.
7. The Rise of the State in Depression and War: The American Workforce, 1916-1945.
8. American Workers and the New World Order in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century.
* Addresses black, white, native American, male, female, adult and child labor into a single volume.
* Incorporates narratives of individual workers to provide compelling personal accounts of the workers' actual experience.
"The explosion of scholarship in the field of labor history over
the past twenty years has defied synthesis - until now. Jacqueline
Jones has moved the diverse experiences of America's multicultural
working class to the front and center of the national historical
narrative. No other book so effectively brings the voices and
struggles of working people together as does A Social History of
the Laboring Classes." Alex Lichtenstein, Florida
" Recent research in labor and working-class history that is
staggering in scope. Recommended for all levels of college reader."
D. Lindstrom, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"A lively text grounded solidly in the latest research." Labour History Review