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- DescriptionMonumental and revelatory, Free Labor explores labor activism throughout the country during a period of incredible diversity and fluidity: the American Civil War. Mark A. Lause describes how the working class radicalized during the war as a response to ecomic crisis, the political opportunity created by the election of Abraham Lincoln, and the ideology of free labor and abolition. Grappling with a broad array of organizations, tactics, and settings, Lause portrays t only the widely kwn leaders and theoreticians, but also the unsung workers who struggled on the battlefield and the picket line. His close attention to women and African Americans, meanwhile, dismantles tions of the working class as synymous with whiteness and maleness. In addition, Lause offers a nuanced consideration of race's role in the politics of national labor organizations, in segregated industries in the border North and South, and in black resistance in the secessionist South, creatively reading self-emancipation as the largest general strike in U.S. history.
- Author BiographyMark A. Lause is a professor of American history at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of A Secret Society History of the Civil War and Young America: Land, Labor, and the Republican Community.
- Author(s)Mark A. Lause
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2015
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleWorking Class in American History
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Content Note21 black and white photographs
- Weight653 g
- Width3971 mm
- Height5983 mm
- Spine20 mm
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