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Making a New Deal
Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919–1939

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: April 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521887489

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  • This book examines how it was possible and what it meant for ordinary factory workers to become effective unionists and national political participants by the mid-1930s. We follow Chicago workers as they make choices about whether to attend ethnic benefit society meetings or to go to the movies, whether to shop in local neighborhood stores or patronize the new A&P. As they made daily decisions like these, they declared their loyalty in ways that would ultimately have political significance. When the depression worsened in the 1930s, workers adopted new ideological perspectives and overcame longstanding divisions among themselves to mount new kinds of collective action. Chicago workers' experiences all converged to make them into New Deal Democrats and CIO unionists. First printed in 1990, Making a New Deal has become an established classic in American history. The second edition includes a new preface by Lizabeth Cohen.

    • Winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Philip Taft Award for Labor History
    • An established classic in the field, widely used in graduate and undergraduate classes
    • In a new preface Cohen comments on recent scholarship and the impact of the book
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521887489
    • length: 570 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus. 2 maps 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Living and working in Chicago in 1919
    2. Ethnicity in the New Era
    3. Encountering mass culture
    4. Contested loyalty at the workplace
    5. Adrift in the Great Depression
    6. Workers make a New Deal
    7. Becoming a union rank and file
    8. Workers' common ground

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 1920s and Great Depression
    • 20th C. US exam for History MA degree
    • America Between the Wars
    • America Transformed, 1929-1945
    • America in Depression and War
    • American Industrial and Political Development
    • American Labor And Working Class History
    • American Social History From 1865-1945
    • Colloquium in US History from 1920 to Present
    • Emergence of Modern America
    • History of American Capitalism
    • History of American Labor
    • History of the US Since 1877
    • Justice and Civil Society
    • Modern American History
    • Political History Since FDR
    • Sociology of Labor
    • Sociology of Work
    • The New Deal
    • The US, 1900-1945
    • U.S. in the Age of Global War, 1914-45
    • US History 1896-Present
    • US History 1914-1945
    • US History 1917-190
    • US History from Civil War to Present
    • US History, 1865 to Present
    • US Labor History
    • United States from the Progressive Era to the Great Depression
  • Author

    Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the History Department of Harvard University. She is also the author of A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America (2003) and co-author with David M. Kennedy of The American Pageant, a college-level US history textbook.

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