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History of American Labor

Joseph Rayback’s history of the American labor movement.

The History of American Labor delves into the history of labor in America from the colonial days until the mid-1950's. Rayback’s work is considered to be a foundational text for any readers of American labor union history.

Joseph G. Rayback (1914-1983) was a professor of history in the United States. He served in the United States Navy and was the author of Martin Van Buren: Law, Politics, and the Shaping of Republican Ideology and Free Soil: The Election of 1848.