9780801438530

Culture of Misfortune: An Interpretive History of Textile Unionism in the United States

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801438530

  • ISBN10:

    0801438535

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-05-01
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

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Summary

The failure of the Textile Workers Union of America to organize its jurisdiction has often been considered the CIO's most critical setback in establishing industrial unionism in the United States. The textile industry had more than 1,250,000 workers, and the massive organizing campaign the CIO launched in 1937 resulted in perhaps the longest, most bitter, and most significant labor-capital clash of the century.

In Culture of Misfortune, Clete Daniel integrates many primary sources, including extensive archival records and numerous oral interviews, into his examination of this conflict. He pays close attention to the internal political culture of the TWUA and how it was affected by the dislocation and transformation of the textile industry the postwar assault on workers' rights, and the risks of activism in the face of the rampant anti-unionism of the South.

Daniel explains the inability of the TWUA to match the achievements of CIO unions in other mass-production industries through an analysis of the internal dynamics of the organization and of the external

Author Biography

Clete Daniel is Professor of American Labor History in the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(12)
A Common Interest
13(26)
The Promise of Things to Come
39(18)
In Praise of the New Unionism
57(14)
Trusting in the Strength of Others
71(26)
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
97(28)
The Spoils of War
125(29)
``On Our Own Again''
154(30)
Enemies Within
184(21)
Self-Inflicted Wounds
205(24)
Surviving the Future
229(25)
Where There's Will
254(29)
Notes 283(34)
Index 317

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