By Lawrence B. Glickman
The struggle for a "living salary" has a protracted and revealing background as documented right here by way of Lawrence B. Glickman. The exertions movement's reaction to wages indicates how American employees negotiated the transition from artisan to buyer, commencing up new political probabilities for prepared employees and developing contradictions that proceed to hang-out the exertions flow today.
Nineteenth-century employees was hoping to turn into self-employed artisans, instead of everlasting "wage slaves." After the Civil battle, although, unions redefined working-class id in consumerist phrases, and demanded a salary that will present employees commensurate with their wishes as shoppers. This consumerist flip in exertions ideology additionally led employees to fight for shorter hours and union labels.
First articulated within the 1870s, the call for for a dwelling salary was once voiced more and more through exertions leaders and reformers on the flip of the century. Glickman explores the racial, ethnic, and gender implications, as white male employees outlined themselves unlike African american citizens, girls, Asians, and up to date eu immigrants. He exhibits how a historic viewpoint at the notion of a dwelling salary can tell our knowing of present controversies.
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