Our Own Time retells the history of American labor by focusing on the politics of time and the movements for a shorter working day. It argues that the length of the working day has been the central issue for the American labor movement during its most vigorous periods of activity, uniting workers along lines of craft, gender and ethnicity. The authors hold that the workweek is likely again to take on increased significance as workers face the choice between a society based on free time and one based on alienated work and employment.
David R. Roediger teaches History at the University if Missouri and is co-editor of Haymarket Scrapbook. Philip S. Foner is Professor Emeritus of History at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. His numerous books include the multi-volume History of the Labor Movement.