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Ileen A. Devault

United Apart: Gender and the Rise of Craft Unionism

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ISBN: 0801489261
Издательство: Cornell University Press
Год издания: 2004
Book DescriptionIn the late nineteenth century, most jobs were strictly segregated by sex. And yet, despite their separation at work, male and female employees regularly banded together when they or their unions considered striking. In her groundbreakingbook, Ileen A. DeVault explores how gender helped to shape the outcome of job actions?and how gender bias became central to unionism in America. Covering the period from the formation of the American Federation of Labor in 1886 to the establishment of the Women's Trade Union League in 1903, DeVault analyzes forty strikes from across the nation in the tobacco, textile, clothing, and boot and shoe industries. She draws extensively on her research in local newspapers as she traces the daily encounters among male and female coworkers in workplaces, homes, and union halls. Jobs considered appropriate for men and those for women were, she finds, sufficiently interdependent that the success of the action depended on both sexes...