Hard Work: The Making of Labor History
by Melvyn Dubofsky
University of Illinois Press, 2000
Cloth: 978-0-252-02551-8 | Paper: 978-0-252-06868-3
Library of Congress Classification HD8066.D76 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.8809730904


One of American labor history's most prominent scholars, Melvyn Dubofsky curated an accessible style and historical reach that have long marked his work as required reading for students and scholars. 

This collection juxtaposes Dubofsky's early writings with scholarship from the 1990s. Selections include work on western working-class radicalism, U.S. labor history in transnational and comparative settings, and the impact of technological change on American worker’s movements. Throughout, the writings provide an invaluable eyewitness perspective on the academic and political climate of the 1960s and 1970s while tracing the development of labor history as a discipline. 

An exploration of important themes in labor history, Hard Work combines essential scholarship with the story of how past and present interact in the work of historians.

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