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The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945 1968
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The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945 1968 Hardcover - 1995

by Kevin Boyle


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"Kevin Boyle has done a masterful job of identifying the unique contribution of the UAW, not only to American Liberalism, but also to the nation and to all people. As contemporary labor and society at large search for new directions, this book should be required reading."--Victor G. Reuther

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Current political observers castigate organized labor as more interested in winning generous contracts for workers than in fighting for social change. The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism offers a compelling reassessment of labor's place in American politics in the post-World War II era. The United Automobile Workers, Kevin Boyle demonstrates, was deeply involved in the pivotal political struggles of those years, from the fight for full employment to the battle for civil rights, from the anticommunist crusade to the war on poverty. The UAW engaged in these struggles in an attempt to build a cross-class, multiracial reform coalition that would push American politics beyond liberalism and toward social democracy. The effort was in vain; forced to work within political structures - particularly the postwar Democratic party - that militated against change, the union was unable to fashion the alliance it sought. The UAW's political activism nevertheless suggests a new understanding of labor's place in postwar American politics and of the complex forces that defined liberalism in that period. The book also supplies the first detailed discussion of the impact of the Vietnam War on a major American union and shatters the popular image of organized labor as being hawkish on the war. Engrossing and richly developed, The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism draws on extensive research in the records of the UAW and in papers of leading liberals, including Martin Luther King Jr., Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and Adlai Stevenson.

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  • Title The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945 1968
  • Author Kevin Boyle
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition 1st edition.
  • Pages 360
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Cornell University Press
  • Date 1995-11-21
  • ISBN 9780801430640 / 080143064X
  • Weight 1.54 lbs (0.70 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.35 x 6.32 x 1.1 in (23.75 x 16.05 x 2.79 cm)
  • Ages 18 to UP years
  • Grade levels 13 - UP
  • Reading level 1430
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 20th Century
  • Library of Congress subjects United States - Politics and government -, Liberalism - United States - History - 20th
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 95009563
  • Dewey Decimal Code 331.881

About the author

Kevin Boyle is Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University. He is the author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, coauthor of Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons: Images of Working-Class Detroit, and editor of Organized Labor and American Politics.

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