The Resource Community of suffering & struggle: : women, men, and the labor movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945, Elizabeth Faue, (ebook)

Community of suffering & struggle: : women, men, and the labor movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945, Elizabeth Faue, (ebook)

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Community of suffering & struggle: : women, men, and the labor movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945
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Community of suffering & struggle:
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women, men, and the labor movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945
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Elizabeth Faue
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eng
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Elizabeth Faue traces the transformation of the American labor movement from community forms of solidarity to bureaucratic unionism. Arguing that gender is central to understanding this shift, Faue explores women's involvement in labor and political organizations and the role of gender and family ideology in shaping unionism in the twentieth century. Her study of Minneapolis, the site of the important 1934 trucking strike, has broad implications for labor history as a whole. Initially the labor movement rooted itself in community organizations and networks in which women were active, both as members and as leaders. This community orientation reclaimed family, relief, and education as political ground for a labor movement seeking to re-establish itself after the losses of the 1920s. But as the depression deepened, women -- perceived as threats to men seeking work -- lost their places in union leadership, in working-class culture, and on labor's political agenda. When unions exchanged a community orientation for a focus on the workplace and on national politics, they lost the power to recruit and involve women members, even after World War II prompted large numbers of women to enter the work force. In a pathbreaking analysis, Faue explores how the iconography and language of labor reflected ideas about gender. The depiction of work and the worker as male; the reliance on sport, military, and familial metaphors for solidarity; and the ideas of women's place -- these all reinforced the representation of labor solidarity as masculine during a time of increasing female participation in the labor force. Although the language of labor as male was not new in the depression, the crisis of wage-earning -- as a crisis of masculinity -- helped to give psychological power to male dominance in the labor culture. By the end of the war, women no longer occupied a central position in organized labor but a peripheral one
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Midwest
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Faue, Elizabeth
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331.4/78/0977657909041
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non fiction
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hoopla digital
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Gender & American culture
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  • Labor unions
  • Women labor union members
  • Sex discrimination in employment
  • Women
  • Depressions
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adult
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Community of suffering & struggle: : women, men, and the labor movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945, Elizabeth Faue, (ebook)
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9781469617190
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MWT11843533
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Community of suffering & struggle: : women, men, and the labor movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945, Elizabeth Faue, (ebook)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
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1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781469617190
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11843533
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11843533
System control number
MWT11843533
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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