9780809337446-0809337444-The Ordeal of the Jungle: Race and the Chicago Federation of Labor, 1903–1922

The Ordeal of the Jungle: Race and the Chicago Federation of Labor, 1903–1922

ISBN-13: 9780809337446
ISBN-10: 0809337444
Edition: 1st
Author: Bates, David
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Format: Paperback 268 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780809337446
ISBN-10: 0809337444
Edition: 1st
Author: Bates, David
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Format: Paperback 268 pages

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Acknowledged authors Bates, David wrote The Ordeal of the Jungle: Race and the Chicago Federation of Labor, 1903–1922 comprising 268 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0809337444 and 9780809337446. Since then The Ordeal of the Jungle: Race and the Chicago Federation of Labor, 1903–1922 textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Between 1910 and 1920, the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) inaugurated a massive organizing drive in the city’s meatpacking and steel industries. Although the CFL sought legitimately progressive goals, worked earnestly to organize an interracial union, and made major inroads among both black and white workers, their efforts resulted in a bitter defeat. David Bates provides a clear picture of how even the most progressive of intentions can be ground to a halt.

By organizing workers into neighborhood locals, which connected workplace struggles to ethnic and religious identities, the CFL facilitated a surge in the organization’s membership, particularly among African American workers, and afforded the federation the opportunity to aggressively confront employers. The CFL’s innovative structure, however, was ultimately its demise. Linking union locals to neighborhoods proved to be a form of de facto segregation. Over time union structures, rank-and-file conflicts, and employer resistance combined to turn the union’s hopeful calls for solidarity into animosity and estrangement. Tensions were exacerbated by violent shop floor confrontations and exploded in the bloody 1919 Chicago Race Riot. By the early 1920s, the CFL had collapsed.

The Ordeal of the Jungle explores the choices of a variety of people while showing a complex, overarching interplay of black and white workers and their employers. In addition to analyzing union structures and on-the-ground relations between workers, Bates synthesizes and challenges previous scholarship on interracial organizing to explain the failure of progressive unionism in Chicago.

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