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Labors Untold Story

Labor's Untold Story

Author: Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais

Year Published: 1955

Description: Published in 1955 by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union, this beloved book captures some of the most dramatic and compelling moments of American labor's sweeping rise over the course of nearly a century. For many of those years, the history of the industrialization of the American economy overshadowed the many profound narratives of working people and their struggles to remake a more equitable society, and the book is a deliberate project to rescue those stories from the shadows of history. The book is episodic and thrilling in its depictions of conflict, like those of striking Irish coal miners known as the Molly Maguires or Chicago's Haymarket protesters. Another of its foremost strengths is its ability to bring to life characters – both ordinary workers and historic figures – in detailed and nuanced ways, making this forgotten history accessible to all.

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'Outside the family, the strongest bond of human sympathy should be one uniting all working people of all nations, tongues and kindreds.'

Labor's Untold Story (attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

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