US Labour and Political Action, 1918-24

A Comparison of Independent Political Action in New York, Chicago and Seattle
Author(s): 
Strouthous, Andrew
ISBN: 
0333735714
Date published: 
June 1999
Hardback
Price: 
£42.50
Pages: 
240

Between 1918-24 major city centres of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), opposed by the AFL leadership, launched labour parties. Yet there is very little published about this most substantial attempt to date by US labour to build an independent party.This study of labour's political activity in New York Chicago and Seattle not only attempts to rectify this, it also challenges the 'exceptionalist' view of the American class system. For the failure to build a labour party had more to do with opposition from the employers, the main parties and the AFL leadership than any ideological commitment to the 'American Dream'.