Go Ye and Study the Beehive : The Making of a Western Working Class (Garland Studies in the History of American Labor)
Jeanette RoddaISBN: 081532653X;
es corporate capital appropriated the rich mines of the American West and proletarianized independent miners, workers resisted by forging a genuine, indigenous, and radical working-class culture based on reciprocity and solidarity, and rooted in earlier gold and silver rushes, in the perils of the mining experience, and in a producers' discourse of a moral economy. Despite systematic coercion, miners, and their families established powerful industrial unions and tight-knit working-class communities. As early as the Civil War period, industrial unionists on the Comstock opened membership to all underground workers regardless of skill or wage levels--a radical departure from the conservative craft-based unions evolving elsewhere. In addition to the central struggle for hegemony between labor and capital, miners contested among themselves over the extension of dignity and material well-being to all workers. In the process, union miners and mining communities came to understand,...
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