Labor's Home Front: The American Federation of Labor during World War II (by Andrew E. Kersten)


Author(s): Andrew E. Kersten

Publisher: NYU Press
Publish date: 2006-10-01
ISBN-10: 0814747868
ISBN-13: 9780814747865
Language: English
Description:
One of the oldest, strongest, and largest labor organizations in
the U.S., the American Federation of Labor (AFL) had 4 million
members in over 20,000 union locals during World War II. The AFL
played a key role in wartime production and was a major actor in
the contentious relationship between the state, organized labor,
and the working class in the 1940s. The war years are pivotal in
the history of American labor, but books on the AFL’s experiences
are scant, with far more on the radical Congress of Industrial
Unions (CIO).
Andrew E. Kersten closes this gap with Labor’s Home
Front, challenging us to reconsider the AFL… more…

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