By Robert Asher, Charles Stephenson
Exertions Divided is the 1st anthology on race, ethnicity and the historical past of yank working-class struggles to provide significant consciousness to the studies of African-American, Asian, and Hispanic staff in addition to to the studies of staff from ecu backgrounds. The essays in hard work Divided disguise a period of time of greater than a century. They specialize in the reports of provider employees in addition to manufacturing facility employees, ladies in addition to males. as the American exertions strength almost immediately is soaking up major numbers of employees from overseas, and particularly Asian and Hispanic employees, this quantity can be of significant curiosity to readers looking historic views on modern fiscal advancements.
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And stated that Poles and Italians were being sent there . . I had three or four Poles and Hungarians jump on my back for saying that men of these nationalities went out there . . I am hanged if I know what to make of them, for if you call them Poles they will tell you they are Hungarians, call them Hungarians and they will say they are Lithuanians, but whatever they are, they are being imposed on and made use of to injure themselves and all others who toil. [emphasis added] Writing in the American Federationist in 1910, American Federation of Labor President Samuel Gompers complained that4 American labor has had to bear the burden of competition with an immigration that in the last decade has brought to the population a net increase of at least five million laborers, of whom an enormous percentage was totally illiterate, the great majority ignorant of the English language and nearly all so poor on arrival that a month's idleness would have brought them face to face with starvation.
Having made that decision, they were willing to engage in militant confrontations with employers to seek union recognition and better wages and working conditions. 25 Gary Gerstle's research (Chapter 11) suggests that in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, French-Canadian workers' ties to their homeland in Quebec were strengthened by strong organizational links to the conservative Quebec Catholic Church that supervised the priests who ran Woonsocket's ethnic church. Until the 1930s, when Canadian workers in Woonsocket were caught up in the national wave of union organizing, they remained relatively indifferent to trade unions.
Pane E Lavoro (The Multicultural History Society of Toronto, 1980) and is reprinted here with the kind permission of the author. Published by State University of New York Press, Albany ©1990 State University of New York All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For information, address State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246 Library of Congress Cataloging-in Publication Data Labor divided : race and ethnicity in United States labor struggles, 18351960 / Robert Asher and Charles Stephenson, editors.