Suggested Reading


Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais
Labor’s Untold Story
UE MLN Powell’s Amazon BLSC

Alexandra Bradbury, Mark Brenner and Jane Slaughter
Secrets of a Successful Organizer
Labor Notes Amazon

Farrell Dobbs
Teamster Power
Pathfinder, 2008
Amazon BLSC

Farrell Dobbs
Teamster Rebellion
Pathfinder, 2008

Labor Notes
How to Strike and Win
Labor Notes, 2019

Stoughton & Alice Lynd
The New Rank and File
MLN Powell’s Amazon BLSC

Jane F. McAlevery
No Shortcuts
Oxford University Press, 2016
MLN Powell’s Amazon

Katherine Paterson
Bread and Roses Too
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Art Preis
Labor’s Giant Step
Powell’s Amazon BLSC

Robert M. Schwartz
No Contract, No Peace!
Work Rights Press, 2014
Labor Notes BLSC

United Electrical Workers
Them and Us Unionism


Louis Adamic
Dynamite: The Story of Class Violence in America
N.Y.: Harper & Row, 1931
MLN Powell’s

Harry Braverman
Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century
N.Y.: Monthly Review Press, 1974
MLN Powell’s

Jeremy Brecher
Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett, 1972
MLN Powell’s

Robert V. Bruce
1877: Year of Violence
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1959
MLN Powell’s

David T. Burbank
Reign of the Rabble: The St. Louis General Strike of 1877
N.Y.: August M. Kelley, 1966
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Samuel Gompers
Seventy Years of Life and Labor 2 vols
N.Y: 1925
MLN Amazon
I recommend the 1 volume abridgement not edited by Nick Salvatore)

Herbert G. Gutman
Power & Culture: Essays in the American Working Class
N.Y.: The New Press, 1987
MLN Powell’s

Herbert G. Gutman
Work, Culture, and Society in Industrializing America: Essays in American Working Class and Social History
N.Y.: Random House, 1976
MLN Powell’s

Joyce L. Kornbluh
Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1964
MLN Powell’s BSLC

John M. Laslett
Labor & the Left: A Study of Socialist and Radical Influences in the American Labor Movement, 1881-1924
N.Y.: Basic Books, 1970

Bruce Laurie
Artisans Into Workers: Labor in Nineteenth-Century America
N.Y.: Hill and Wang, 1989
MLN Powell’s

David Montgomery
Workers’ Control in America: Studies in the history of work, technology, and labor struggles
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979

Terrance V. Powderly
The Path I Trod
New York: Columbia University Press, 1940

Terrance V. Powderly
Thirty Years of Labor
Philadelphia, 1889
MLN Powell’s

Franklin Rosemont
Joe Hill: The IWW & the Making of a Revolutionary Working Class Counterculture
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 2003
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Fred W. Thompson & Jon Bekken
The Industrial Workers of the World: Its First 100 Years
Cincinnati, IWW, 2006
MLN Amazon

Norman J. Ware
The Industrial Worker 1840-1860
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1924
MLN Amazon

Norman J. Ware
The Labor Movement in the United States 1860-1895: A Study in Democracy
N.Y.: Appleton, 1929
MLN Amazon

Samuel Yellen
American Labor Struggles
N.Y.: Harcourt, Brace, 1936
MLN Amazon


Petr Kropotkin
Mutual Aid
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Karl Marx
Wage-Labor and Capital
Powell’s Amazon BLSC